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Pedestrian dies after being hit crossing Aurora

By Heidi · January 29th, 2010 · 5 Comments

A male pedestrian attempting to cross Aurora Ave N near NE 45th St last night was hit by a vehicle heading south on Aurora.  According to the SPD Blotter, the man was crossing west on Aurora when he was hit by a Chevrolet Blazer shortly after 8 p.m.  Fremont Universe reader Jakey wrote in the forum that he witnessed medics performing CPR on the man in the road before he was taken to the hospital.  The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died from his injuries.  Southbound lanes of Aurora were closed as officers investigated the scene.  The driver of the Blazer showed no signs of impairment and was interviewed and released.  Traffic Collision detectives will continue the investigation.

  • todd

    What's really sad is that the 46th street underpass was 50 feet away from where this happened. Just last week, I saw a woman sitting on the divider in the middle of Aurora, waiting for a chance to cross. She was 100 feet away from a pedestrian bridge.

    • ballarddad

      It happens all the time. There's an underpass there because there's no way to safely cross Aurora at the surface level at that point. I am more concerned about the driver and how they are dealing with this tragedy. I hope they are getting the help they need.

  • David Lasky

    Perhaps the underpass (and even pedstrian bridges) should be more clearly labeled with brightly colored signs (lit at night)?

    • SPG

      I don't want to imply anything about the guy that lost his life, but most of the people I see crossing through 40mph+ traffic don't look like they'd use the bridges no matter how brightly they're painted. The ones I see are the same ones sleeping under the bushes or running from dealer to hooker motel.
      I doubt anything short of a barrier on top of the barrier will stop them from running through traffic.

  • tiktok

    SPG has it right.

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