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News UPDATE: DUI suspect charged after Belltown bus crash that claimed life of pedestrian

by | Nov 16, 2023 | Accidents in the News |

SEATTLE, WA — A 31-year-old man has been charged following a wreck Saturday, November 4, in Seattle’s Belltown area that caused a Metro bus to fatally hit a pedestrian, reports KOMO News.

The fatal incident took place at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Battery Street.

Video retrieved from the area shows the man’s red sedan speeding before it ran a red light and struck a King County Metro bus. Authorities said the impact of the crash sent to bus veering into a building.

A young woman, identified by the King County Medical Examiner as Amanda Joelle Schneider, was standing on the sidewalk in front of the structure when she was struck and killed.

All 12 people aboard the bus suffered minor injuries. The causing driver, identified as Adam Abelson, had to be extricated from the vehicle before being rushed to Harborview Medical Center for unspecified injuries.

Authorities say Abelson has been charged with “vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and not having a valid license.” He may face additional charges pending a toxicology test, as drug paraphernalia was found in the front passenger seat of his vehicle. He is currently being held at the King County Jail with a bail set at $500,000.

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