CHS: Woman dies after being hit by truck with 'impaired' driver on Capitol Hill

By jseattle May 4, 2010

The woman who was hit by a car in a parking lot near Harvard Ave and E. Thomas has died, according to Seattle Police. SPD says the woman was walking on the sidewalk Monday afternoon in front of parking spaces at an apartment building when she was struck by a truck backing into a spot. The driver was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of vehicular assault. He also showed "signs of impairment" when tested for alcohol or drugs. We have received information with various ages listed for the victim. SPD says she was 91. Some more details from CHS commenter --MC:

I agree that people should slow down in the intersections, but in this case the accident took place in the parking spaces behind the apartments. The SUV driver backed too fast into the space and knocked the old lady down. He ran off, but was later apprehended.

SPD report on the incident:


Vehicle/pedestrian collision fatality on Capitol Hill

On May 3rd at approximately 2:44 PM, Seattle Police responded to another vehicle/pedestrian collision, this time at Harvard Avenue East and East Thomas Street.  A Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 34 year old male was backing into a  parking space on the east side of Harvard Avenue East. At the same time, a 91 year old female pedestrian was walking on the sidewalk in front of the parking spaces.  As the truck was backing into the parking space, it struck the pedestrian.  The Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with multiple injuries.

A DUI/DRE officer responded to the scene and evaluated the driver for signs of impairment or intoxication.  There were signs of impairment.  The 34 year old driver was arrested and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Vehicular Assault.

TCIS detectives responded to investigate the collision and process the scene.   Detectives were informed later that the victim died at the hospital from her injuries.  This remains an on-going investigation.

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