A 68-year-old man found himself in a Seattle hospital after a November 9 accident in Port Hadlock. The man, a well known resident of his community, had to be airlifted for medical treatment after being struck by a 1984 Ford van while crossing the street in his motorized wheelchair.
An Oct. 23 accident investigation in North Seattle became the scene of a second crash that sent a police officer to the hospital with minor injuries. Police responded to a pedestrian accident on the 5900 block of Aurora Avenue North involving a man hit by a car as he tried to cross the highway at around 9:15 p.m. During the investigation of the pedestrian accident, a woman ran into a parked police car while attempting to drive through the scene.
As Seattle parents gear up to take their kids out trick-or-treating, adults may also want to consider using Halloween festivities as an opportunity to remind children about the importance of traffic safety. Although the number of children involved in pedestrian accidents increases only slightly on Halloween, the fact remains that children were killed or injured in at least six cities last year.
Here in Seattle, parents and other citizens alike are often responsible to protect the children in our communities. Unfortunately, innocent children do sometimes become victims of the negligent or reckless behavior of adults.
Freezing rain and slick roads have led to numerous accidents resulting in injuries in the Seattle area this week. Thursday morning, a Washington State Department of Transportation worker was hit by a car while assisting at the scene of another car accident, according to a news report.
A car accident can take place just about any time in Seattle, but bar closing time is an especially vulnerable window. Even so, pedestrians walking out of a bar together are hardly expecting to be hit by a car while they are minding their own business. However, for a crowd of about 30 people early in the morning of Dec. 10, that is exactly what happened. A man drove a Subaru Forester directly into the crowd in Fremont, striking at least six people and causing serious injuries to at least two of them.It is not exactly clear why the man did what he did, though police said alcohol may have been a factor. Nevertheless, the seemingly reckless actions of this man left one person in critical condition at the hospital after the collision. Another was listed in serious condition at the same Seattle hospital. Two more were listed in stable condition, and the sixth victim suffered seemingly minor injuries and refused further assistance. The driver was also said to suffer minor injuries.
Many Seattle residents are more than aware of the congestion problems down around the Alaska Way Viaduct. During its closing, one resident decided to do his part by jogging to work instead of driving. He ended up being hit by a semi-truck and suffered serious injuries as a result.