April 9, 2010

Woman Fatally Injured in Seattle Area Pedestrian Accident

A woman was killed in a Washington pedestrian accident after she was struck by a car while crossing a street in Lynnwood, Washington. According to a news report in the Herald Net, the woman was attempting to cross the 5300 block of 168th Street SW, when a car struck her. The injured victim was transported to a Seattle hospital where she died. Officials say the woman was not in a marked crosswalk. They also say that speed doesn't seem to have been a factor. The car's driver has not been cited or arrested pending an investigation.

Washington State law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.235 (1): "The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section "half of the roadway" means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway."

However, when a pedestrian is not in a marked crosswalk or crosses the roadway illegally, then it is very likely the pedestrian's fault. However, in any Seattle pedestrian accident case, it is extremely important for all aspects of the incident to be analyzed thoroughly so the facts can be determined. It is possible that an unsafe and pre-existing condition here, contributed to the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington pedestrian accident, please contact a Seattle personal injury lawyer to find out more information about your legal rights and options.

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March 31, 2010

Drunk Driver Seriously Injures Father and Son

A Seattle father and son, who both sustained major injuries in a DUI car accident, received tremendous support from their community. According to a Fox News report, the driver who struck the father and son was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The convicted motorist was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he hit the father and son as they stood on the driveway of their home, causing debilitating injury to both. The son lost his leg in the crash and the father suffered devastating neck and ankle injuries. The family owns a Chinese restaurant in West Seattle, which had to be shut down because of their injuries and inability to work. So far, the family is unsure if and when the restaurant can be reopened.

As we all know, drunk driving is against the law and is a serious crime. What we very often do not hear about is how these accidents affect the families of injured individuals. In this particular case, not only did the father and son suffer catastrophic injuries, but it seems like they have lost the business they worked hard to establish and they've lost their livelihood. One man's decision to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs greatly impacted this family's life. The driver can apologize all he wants. But the young man will never get his leg back. And the family may never get its business back.

When a drunk driver causes an injury accident, he or she can be held not only criminally responsible, but also financially responsible for medical expenses and other costs incurred by the victims or their families. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation with the help of skilled Seattle car accident lawyers to help cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, as well as costs for any physical therapy or rehabilitation that is needed for treatment of accident-related injuries.

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March 23, 2010

Pedestrian Sustains Critical Injuries in Spokane Auto Accident

A pedestrian was critically injured in a Spokane car accident in the South Hill area, according to a KXLY news report. The injury collision occurred at the intersection of 10th and Oak where the victim was hit by a car. The driver of the car fled the scene of the crash. The victim was taken to a local hospital. The pedestrian is believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries. The suspect’s vehicle has been described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, Kirk Bernard understands the serious consequences of hit-and-run accidents. Leaving the scene of an auto collision is a serious crime in Washington State and is punishable by jail time. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.52.020: "A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary."

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March 1, 2010

Two Pedestrians Injured in Federal Way Auto Accident

Two people sustained serious injuries in a Washington auto accident after they were struck by a car while walking on Southwest 356th Street in Federal Way. According to a news report in the Seattle Times, the driver who struck and injured the pedestrian tried to leave the scene, but was apprehended by police and arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run. One of the victims was airlifted to a Seattle hospital due to suffering life-threatening injuries. The other victim, a 50-year-old man, was also transported to a local hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be as serious as the other pedestrian. Officials are also looking into whether alcohol or drugs were involved in this major injury collision.

Several motorists and skilled Seattle car accident lawyers know that leaving the scene of an accident is a serious violation of Washington State Law. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.52.020: "A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary."

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January 27, 2010

Spokane Man Killed While Crossing the Street

A 60-year-old man from Spokane was killed in a pedestrian accident after he was struck by a car while crossing a street. According to a KHQ news report, the man was walking across Division near the 9600 block in an unmarked crosswalk when he was struck by a southbound car. The injured pedestrian was transported to a Spokane hospital where he later died. The driver remained at the scene, but officials say he is likely to face charges.

Washington State law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.235 (1): "The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section "half of the roadway" means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway."

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January 6, 2010

Fatal Washington Pedestrian Accident on Benson Highway

A 58-year old Seattle man was killed in a pedestrian accident after he was struck by a pickup truck while attempting to the cross Benson Highway in an unincorporated area of Kent. According to a news report, the man was not in a crosswalk when he tried to cross the five-lane highway. Washington State Patrol officials said the driver of the 2000 Toyota pickup truck could not stop in time to avoid colliding with the man.

This is apparently the second pedestrian-car collision in the last seven weeks along the Benson Highway. A 22-year-old woman was killed in October when she tried to cross the highway to catch a bus. That pedestrian was not in a crosswalk either. Officials say it is not illegal to cross the highway, but pedestrians must yield right-of-way to vehicles when they are not in a crosswalk. Officials say that pedestrians should use a crosswalk when crossing any street, especially at night time when visibility is greatly reduced.

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January 4, 2010

Washington Hit-and-Run Car Accident Kills Pedestrian

Washington State Patrol officials are looking for a driver who they say caused a fatal car accident and then left the scene of the crash in Whatcom County. According to a KGMI news report, the car struck and killed and pedestrian on Blaine Road south of Lynden-Birch bay Road. Witnesses described the car as a dark-colored sedan. Authorities believe that the car may have front-end damage.

Leaving the scene of any traffic accident is a serious crime in Washington State, especially if another individual has been seriously injured or killed. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.52.020: "A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary."

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December 18, 2009

Man Fatally Injured in Seattle Pedestrian Accident

A pedestrian has been struck and killed in a Seattle car accident after a wrong-way driver hit him and fled the scene. The hit-and-run suspect was later apprehended by police and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. According to an Associated Press news report, the accident occurred as the pedestrian was crossing at the intersection of Bell Street and Western Avenue. The motorist was going west on Bell Street in a white 2006 Honda. The Honda then turned left at Western after hitting the pedestrian, traveling the wrong way down the one-way street. The pedestrian was transported to a Seattle hospital where he died shortly afterward. The driver of the Honda was later stopped and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide.

Driving under the influence of intoxicants is a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when "a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state." It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

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November 30, 2009

Pedestrian Sustains Critical Injuries in Hit-and-Run Accident

A 22-year-old woman sustained critical injuries in a Washington pedestrian accident after a car hit her and left the scene. According to an article in the News Tribune, the young woman from Kent, Washington, was walking along the 2400 block of Benson Road when she was struck. Washington State Patrol troopers apparently found the woman in the northbound lanes of the roadway, 150 to 200 feet from where she was hit. The woman was transported to a Seattle hospital for treatment of critical injuries.

Pedestrian accidents can cause extremely critical injuries including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, coma or even death. In the United States, about 1,000 innocent pedestrians are injured every day by negligent drivers. According to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), there were a total of 5,648 pedestrian accidents in the state in 2007. In those incidents, there were 208 fatalities and 867 serious injuries.

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November 27, 2009

Bicyclist Strikes and Severely Injures Child in Seattle Crosswalk

A 32-year-old bicyclist caused serious personal injuries to a 6-year-old boy near Pike Place Market in Seattle after he struck the child, who was walking in a crosswalk with his father and brother. According to a news report in the Seattle Times, the bicyclist was riding recklessly as he passed several cars, rode through a red light and hit the little boy, who was in a crosswalk. He tried to get back on his bike and ride away, but witnesses stopped him and held him until police arrived on scene. The child was taken to a Seattle hospital with a fractured jaw. According to the news report, the boy's jaw had to be wired shut. Authorities say the bicyclist will be charged with vehicular assault and hit-and-run.

Tragic accidents such as this one occur everyday in Seattle. In this particular case, the child sustained serious injuries as a result of another individual's negligence and blatant disregard for public safety. Asked by officials why he blew through the red light, the bicyclist told them that he thought he "could make it." Negligent bicyclists and drivers should be held accountable for their actions, because those actions cause a lot of pain, emotional distress and financial strain to victims and their families. In this particular case, this little boy suffered serious facial injuries.

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November 24, 2009

Hoquiam 6-Year-Old Trick-or-Treater Injured in Pedestrian Accident

A recent article reported that a 6-year-old boy from Hoquiam was hit by a car on Halloween night and suffered leg and head injuries. It was noted that his condition was considered satisfactory on the morning of November 2, 2009. Although, sadly, this young child was hurt, he is lucky that he did not suffer more catastrophic injuries, which is unfortunately what usually occurs when vulnerably exposed pedestrians are struck by automobiles.

Apparently, while the State Patrol collision report stated that the young boy “darted out between cars” while crossing the street, the man accompanying the boy for trick-or-treating claims that the child did not jump into the road amidst traffic. When there are conflicting stories in auto accident and pedestrian accident incidents, law enforcement often turns to witnesses, as was the case in this particular situation. Based on the interviews witnesses provided regarding this pedestrian accident, law enforcement is currently standing by the claim that the driver was not at fault.

Although this particular accident was determined to have been caused by pedestrian inattention, some form of driver inattention may have also played a contributing role considering that many pedestrian accidents in Washington are caused by negligent motorists.

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November 23, 2009

Rainier Beach Pedestrian Critically Injured

On the morning of November 19th there was a two-vehicle versus pedestrian collision near Renton Avenue South and 62nd Avenue South. A white pickup truck, driven by a 43-year-old male, was towing a black car. The car was being driven by a 45-year-old male, using a nylon rope as a tow cable. The two vehicles were traveling southeast on Renton Avenue South approaching 62nd Avenue South. At the same time, in an unmarked crosswalk, a 44-year-old male pedestrian was crossing 62nd Avenue South.

According to preliminary investigations, the driver of the truck made a right turn onto 62nd Avenue South. The car being towed did not make the turn and continued going straight. The pedestrian’s legs got caught on the towing rope, which caused him to lose his footing. The pedestrian then fell to the ground, and struck his head on the pavement.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries by SFD Medics who responded to the scene.

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November 13, 2009

Former Richland Swimmer Hit by Car

A 22-year-old former Richland High School swimmer was hit by a car while crossing a Seattle street Wednesday night. It was reported that she sustained a serious head injury in the accident. She was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. The driver of the car was a 20-year-old man.

The 22-year-old was a swim champion, and was the first swimmer to make it onto the high school's Wall of Fame, said her prior swim coach.

"She was an amazing athlete," the coach said. "She was an extremely outgoing girl who loved life, every minute of it."

Our hearts certainly go out to this woman’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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October 30, 2009

Hit-and-Run Accident Leaves Seattle Man Seriously Injured

A 51-year-old Seattle man, who remains unidentified, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a pedestrian accident. He sustained life-threatening injuries.

The Seattle Times reported that the unidentified man was walking on the shoulder of an Interstate 5 ramp when he was hit by a car. Although the driver of the car drove away, a Bremerton man called 911, described the vehicle and followed it until Washington State Patrol troopers apprehended the driver, a 45-year-old woman, who was arrested for driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run.

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October 13, 2009

Lakewood Residents Argue that Speed Cameras Don’t Capture their Best Side

Much debate has circulated around the use of camera vans and the effectiveness of fixed camera installation to help prevent speeding in school zones. Lakewood school zones in particular have had camera vans in position to catch such speeders. However, according to a report from thenewstribune.com, these roving vans should be removed within two to three weeks due to an amended contract with Redflex Traffic Systems. Lakewood’s city council voted 3-2 to install fixed cameras near Park Lodge Elementary and Lochburn Middle School, in addition to having uniformed officers periodically patrol the school zones.

The main argument residents seem to make in regard to speeding cameras and the tickets that result is that the cameras are error-prone and the tickets are more difficult to challenge than those issued directly by an officer. In opposition to the amendment to install fixed cameras, a councilman referred to the process as a “disproportionate reaction, or solution, to a problem we don’t have.” Undoubtedly behind the councilman’s statement is the fact that officials have noted there hasn’t been a serious pedestrian-auto accident in a school zone in Lakewood’s 13-year history. However, in argument against the councilman’s stance, perhaps the reason for this is the very existence of the cameras.

Pertaining to the complaints of residents that the cameras are inaccurate in “capturing” speeders, local Police Chief stated, “Technology has bugs, and we will try our best to work them out”.

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September 16, 2009

Making Seattle's Roads Safer: Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

On August 12, 2009, Seattle’s Department of Transportation announced its intent to increase safety in the Ballard Community by implementing a two-phase plan to impede speeding. In order to steer drivers in the right direction towards increasing safety, the program will focus on making motorists driving through neighborhoods aware of how fast they are driving. Representatives from the Department of Transportation stated that the program is aiming to fulfill neighborhood concerns regarding ways to ease traffic volumes and decrease the amount of cut-through traffic, as well as hinder traffic speeds in the process. In fact, it has been reported that a radar gun will supposedly be lent to residents that would like to measure and report the speed of drivers on their street so that they can play an active role in the department’s efforts.

The program’s Phase 1 measures include speed watch trailers, Neighborhood Speed Watch signs, Seattle Police Department enforcement requests, painted intersections, parking management measures, and yard-placed signs advocating driver awareness to reduce speeds. If these tools turn out to be ineffective at reducing speeds on residential streets, physical traffic calming devices such as speed humps, movable barriers, and traffic circles are likely to be installed as part of Phase 2.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 2005 Highway Collision Data Summary, speeding is consistently the number one contributing circumstance for auto accidents throughout all the regions of the state. When someone causes an auto collision because he or she was speeding, that person is responsible for committing a negligent and careless act in which he or she may be held financially accountable for the costs associated with another person’s injuries or property damage. Speeding accidents are one of the most preventable types of car accidents, and programs such as the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program will hopefully remind drivers about how serious operating a motor vehicle truly is in order to create safer Washington communities.

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September 2, 2009

Accident on Washington State Highway 2 Leaves Woman Injured

Early Thursday morning, a Ferndale woman was left in critical condition after a pickup truck struck her on Highway 2 near Gold Bar. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The 49-year-old woman was taken to Harborview by ambulance after suffering leg and chest injuries in the accident, said Trooper Keith Leary of the Washington State Patrol.

At about 4:40 am, the woman was crossing an eastbound lane of traffic west of Gold Bar near the highway’s intersection with Reiter Road. The truck, driven by a 19-year-old Sedro-Woolley man, struck her near the highway’s centerline, said Leary.

According to Leary, the man saw the woman and braked hard to avoid striking her, but she continued walking in front of the truck. Troopers believe the pedestrian may have been drinking alcohol before she was struck, as she had a strong odor of intoxicants on her breath, Leary said.

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September 1, 2009

Seattle Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident Kills Man

On June 24, 2009, a Seattle man was killed in a pedestrian accident suspected to have been caused by a light-shaded bus that left the scene of the incident without offering assistance. Police are in search of any information from the public regarding the details of the tragic hit-and-run crash in hopes of finding those responsible for the innocent man’s death. It is possible that the accident was recorded by a security camera on the east side of the Seattle Metropolitan Tower. In a recently released police statement, it was discussed that police officers have contacted building management in hopes of acquiring the footage and possibly identify the vehicle responsible for the accident.

If anyone within the downtown Seattle area has any information or recognizes a light-colored bus, which resembles a tour bus, with a dark stripe or dark tinted windows, please don’t hesitate to notify police at 1-800-222-TIPS with any information you may have that could help lead to finding to suspected accident vehicle.

Although it is unclear at this time what exactly caused the pedestrian accident in Seattle, it serves as an example of the immense devastation one moment of negligence can cause. Wrongful death cases such as these are especially difficult for families to endure because wrongful death incidents often leave those closest to the decedent feeling confused and without any sense of closure regarding the loss of their loved one.

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July 29, 2009

Fatal Crash Fault of 15-Year-Old Driver

According to the San Juan County sheriff's office, a 15-year-old was driving a speeding car that hit a group of bicycle riders and a jogger. The jogger was killed, and a 7-year-old girl was badly injured.

Sheriff Bill Cumming said that the driver and a 17-year-old passenger had been doing some work on a 1974 Chevrolet Nova. On Sunday afternoon, they took it out for a drive on Lopez Island.

The teenage driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the pedestrians and a group of bicyclists at about 2:40 p.m. on Lopez Sound Road. A 26-year-old jogger from Abbotsford, British Columbia died at the scene of the car crash in Washington.

The 7-year-old girl who was on the bicycle had severe injuries and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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May 27, 2009

Everett Teen Killed on I-5: Family Warns Others

The website king5.com reported in an article on April 14, 2009 that the family of fifteen year old Haley Salvador wants to alert people, especially teens, not to cross Interstate 5. According to reports, Salvador had taken the shortcut countless times but the last time would prove to be a deadly one.

Niky Griffin and Daniel Leatherman accompanied their good friend Salvador the night of the dreadful pedestrian accident in Washington. They say that they went across the first time safely but on the way back Salvador took the wrong shortcut and actually cut across I-5 instead of going up the on ramp.

Griffin said, “You have to make sure cars aren't going too fast that they could hit you. She didn't go up the onramp. She went down it and across the freeway, which she wasn't supposed to do. I don't know why she went that way.”

Salvador is not the first to cross the I-5 at this juncture and will most likely not be the last. According to teens, the shortcut lessens their trip to Everett Mall by 20 minutes. With no pedestrian bridge, the shortcut entices teens to the point that they overlook their safety in order to avoid taking the long way.

Daniel Letherman said, “I live right across the freeway... and this is the fastest way unless you go all the way around. There's no other way to get to the mall.”

Brandon Lee, Washington State Patrol said, “Running across four to five lanes, on-off ramps, it's just not safe, especially at night, it's really deceiving how fast people are going”.

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April 28, 2009

Seattle Light Rail Accidents Result in Injuries

Friday afternoon in South Seattle, a woman sustained facial injuries when she ran into the side of a light rail train in testing service on tracks along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South at South Othello Street.

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Geoff Patrick, Sound Transit spokesman, said the woman, who was on foot, was running in a crosswalk at the intersection when she ran into the side of the moving northbound train. The train had a green light at the intersection. The injured woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment due to the Seattle pedestrian accident.

According to the Seattle Times report, Sound Transit's Link light rail trains are in testing in preparation for the start of public service in July.

In another railroad accident in Seattle last week, a light rail train and a car collided shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Dawson Street. Sound Transit officials stated that it was the first collision between a light rail train and a car since light rail testing started. Both the vehicle and the train were headed north. The car made a left turn into the path of the moving train at the intersection. Sount Transit officials said that the intersection is controlled by a signal.

The woman who was driving the car complained of some pain and was taken to Harborview Medical center to be examined. A passenger in the car was not injured. According to Patrick, there were no passengers on the train, and the train operator was not injured.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call Seattle's skilled personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

April 9, 2009

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Death Results in Vehicular Homicide Charges

Prosecutors have filed vehicular homicide charges against the driver more than a year after a 73-year-old pedestrian was run down on a Seattle street.

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Prosecutors say that the driver, a 40 year old woman, was stoned on marijuana when the pickup truck she was driving hit the 73 year old man at a First Avenue South crosswalk near South Dearborn Street. The victim died minutes after the pedestrian accident in Seattle, which occurred March 30, 2008. The crash was witnessed by two Seattle police officers.

According to court documents, the elderly man was walking slowly with a cane in the four-lane street's left lane when the pickup sped around the stopped vehicle on the right side and hit him. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center by aid crews, but died from multiple internal injuries.

"The defendant failed to slow for the stopped traffic, changed lanes and proceeded through the intersection slamming into Mr. Fuller," Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim said in court documents.

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April 2, 2009

Pedestrian Accident Kills Girl After She Is Hit By Two Cars

A report from seattletimes.com stated on February 26, 2009 that Sherry Varo, 17, had been killed after being hit by two vehicles in this fatal pedestrian accident. Kerry Varo, 15, was also riding his bike that night when he witnessed the accident. He saw the pedestrian get hit by the first car and thrown into the next lane. Kerry Varo then attempted to wave at vehicles to stop but it was too late. A second car came and struck the victim dragging her more than 50 ft.

Kerry Varo immediately phoned his mother to let her know what happened. Police wanted to talk to witnesses so he would be getting home late. Kerry Varo was unable to see who got hit due to the velocity and darkness.

Kerry Varo’s mother, Silvia Varo, then walked from her home to the accident scene where the body of the 17 year old girl was still found.

Silvia Varo told the Register-Guard Newspaper, "I just thought it was just so sad, for whoever's girl that was."

When Silvia Varo returned back home and realized her daughter was not home yet, she walked back to the accident scene.

Crying Silvia Varo said, "It was my girl. She's gone."

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March 25, 2009

Everett Bus Accident Injures Pedestrian

The seattletimes.com reported in an article on February 22, 2009 that an unidentified 44 year old pedestrian was hit by a Sound Transit bus. The pedestrian accident in Washington happened at the intersection of Pacific and Wetmore Avenue just before 5 p.m. It was not known if the man was in the crosswalk when he was struck. Police investigators will be looking at an on board bus camera to try to determine what happened. The injured pedestrian was taken to Providence Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview.

Whether you are a child or an adult, ride a school bus or metro bus, you may be at risk for serious bus accident related injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident in Washington involving a bus, you may experience a variety of injuries, such as cuts and bruises, bone fractures, head injuries, and other serious injuries. The bus company may be held liable for your injuries and may compensate you for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other accident-related costs.

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March 20, 2009

Everett Pedestrian Accident Hospitalizes Man After Being Hit By Bus

A pedestrian, 44 years old, was seriously injured by a Sound Transit bus Friday night in Everett. He is now recovering at Harborview Hospital from the Everett pedestrian accident.

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The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Pacific and Wetmore avenues. It is being investigated by Everett police.

It's not certain whether or not the Everett man was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. A bus-camera video will need to be reviewed by police to help determine the cause of the accident.

The man was taken to Providence Hospital and airlifted later to Harborview.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Washington pedestrian accident lawyers at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

December 26, 2008

Man hit by car while removing tire chains on I-5

A 53-year-old man stopped to take his tire chains off in a traffic lane on I-5 near Kent and was struck by a car. He was then taken to Harborview Medical Center following the Kent pedestrian accident, according to the State Patrol.

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Trooper Curt Boyle said that the man was driving in the right-hand lane of I-5 just south of Highway 516 around 1 p.m. when he stopped on the freeway. Boyle said that as he stood next to the vehicle trying to take his chains off, another car drifted over, hit his car and then hit him.

According to Boyle, the man flew about 80 feet forward after he was hit. He was listed in serious condition at the Seattle hospital.

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December 15, 2008

Snohomish Pedestrain Accident Sends Man to Harborview

Snohomish man transported to Harborview after being hit by car

A Snohomish man suffered life-threatening injuries on Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle.

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Snohomish County Fire District 4 Battalion Chief Craig Heike said that medics responded to a call in the 1200 block of 13th Street about 5:20 p.m.
The man, who is in his 80s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

According to Heike, the man was wearing all-black clothing and tried to cross the street where no crosswalk is present. Bad visibility and snow played a role in the Snohomish auto accident, he said.

The incident is being investigated by police.

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October 27, 2008

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Leaves 1 in Critical Condition

Late Friday, a motorist struck a man crossing the street near Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The pedestrian was left with life-threatening injuries.

At around 11:40 pm, the Seattle auto accident happened on Broadway Avenue near East Pike Street. Seattle police reported that the driver, a 25-year-old man, was in the center lane heading north on Broadway approaching Pike when he hit a 24-year-old man crossing the street.

According to Seattlepi.com, the impact sent the pedestrian onto the hood of the Ford Mustang, causing the victim to strike his head on the windshield before flying over the top of the vehicle and landing in the road.

When Seattle fire medics responded, they found the victim suffering from serious head injuries and a broken leg. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

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October 9, 2008

Tacoma Hit and Run Kills Local Man

Early Sunday morning, a man was killed in a hit and run in Tacoma along Pacific Avenue. Police are still searching for the vehicle that hit him.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Ronald McKellar, 53, of Tacoma.

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According to Tacoma police, McKellar was struck somewhere between South 64th Street and South 72nd Street about 12:45 a.m. The vehicle that hit him was heading northbound on Pacific Avenue. McKeller died at the scene after being dragged or carried several blocks by the impact, police said.

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August 15, 2008

South Seattle Hit and Run Suspect Sought by Police

A car involved in a pedestrian hit and run in Seattle is being sought by Seattle police. The car struck a 6 year old girl at the intersection of South Henderson Street and Seward Park Ave South, on Thursday afternoon.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was driving south on Seward Park Avenue South when it "veered" into the oncoming lanes and hit a girl walking in a crosswalk. Seattle policewoman Renee Witt said that the impact launched the girl approximately 20 feet in the air. It also knocked out several of the girl's teeth and left her with nonfatal injuries. The car then left the scene.

According to police spokesman Mark Jamieson, the car involved in the Seattle car crash could be a Lincoln. Police don't have the fleeing vehicle's license plate, but witnesses said the two men in the car appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, Jamieson said.

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May 22, 2008

Car hits pedestrian in Lynnwood

A woman who was struck by a car near the intersection of 188th Street SW and Highway 99 in Lynnwood was rushed to a Seattle hospital after the pedestrian accident, officials said. The crash occurred just before 10 a.m.

According to Marybeth O’Leary, a Lynnwood fire spokeswoman, officials have not yet determined how the woman, who is described in her 30s, ended up in the road and was ultimately hit.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

The accident is being investigated by Lynnwood police.
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April 3, 2008

Apparent hit-and-run death investigated in Tulalip

A Marysville woman was hit and killed early Wednesday morning by an apparent hit-and-run driver. There was no information for Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives about the vehicle involved in the death. They spent several hours at the scene after the pedestrian accident, collecting evidence and taking measurements along the road.

A gas can was recovered at the scene by detectives. They also found a motorcycle that was parked south of the scene, on the west side of 34th Avenue NE. Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said that it’s unclear if the motorcycle is connected to the incident. Investigators are asking for the public’s help to locate the driver or in providing details about the hit-and-run accident.

The 56 year old woman was found about 6:40 a.m. by a man driving southbound on I-5, Hover said. The woman was lying in a grassy area near a barbed wire fence between 34th Avenue NE and the freeway. Hover also said that the woman had died at the scene.

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March 10, 2008

Light sentence received in crosswalk death accident sends questionable message

According to Komotv.com, many Seattleites were outraged when a municipal court judge ordered fines, no driving, and community service for a driver found guilty of hitting and killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Ephraim Schwartz will have his conviction erased from his record in two years, if he avoids driving and completes the community service. He is also avoiding any jail time for the Seattle pedestrian accidents.

"Where is the incentive for people to drive safely and responsibly?" asked Rebecca Deehr, executive director of Feet First, a pedestrian advocacy group.

"Besides the fines and ticketing that may result from not driving safely and responsibly, there is no incentive," she said.

Deehr also said that the consequences for drivers in situations like this should match "the gravity of their action." Without consequences, she said, "we can't expect that drivers will take the extra step to put down the latte, stop looking at their cell phone, or to take the other necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian."

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February 7, 2008

Elderly pedestrian hit and killed by car

A 94-year-old Shoreline woman died Wednesday when she was hit by a car while crossing a street in an intersection in North Seattle/Shoreline, according to the State Patrol.

State Patrol reported that the woman, Ruby Blood, died in the Seattle pedestrian accident when a car making a left turn from Northeast 145th Street onto 15th Avenue Northeast hit her at about 11:15 a.m. The driver, a 77 year old Bothell woman, had a green light, according to a news release.

Another pedestrian, 67-year-old Shoreline resident Valentyna Shor, was also struck by the vehicle but did not have serious injuries. State Patrol trooper Jeff Merrill said that a preliminary investigation shows that Blood and Shor began crossing the street in a crosswalk with a green light but made it only about halfway before the light turned red.

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January 8, 2008

Passing train hits Stanwood man

On Monday, a man who was crossing railroad tracks near downtown Stanwood was hit by a fast-moving train.

Just before 9:30a.m., an Amtrak train struck the man. He suffered life-threatening injuries in the Seattle Pedestrian Accident and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by helicopter. No update of his condition was available.

According to witnesses, the man ducked under the railroad crossing arms as the train approached near the 8600 block of 271st Street NW. Stanwood Police Chief David Bales said that the man tried to run across the tracks and out of the way,

"We actually see this frequently when people are hit by trains," Bales said. "They're looking at them head-on and don't realize how fast the train is going. They often underestimate the speed of the trains."

Amtrak trains generally are travelling more than 50 mph when they come through town, Bales said. It was unknown how fast the train was moving Monday. Pedestrians and motorists should never walk or drive around lowered railroad crossing arms, Bales said

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