News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood

 

Pedestrian hit on Aurora Ave.

August 21st, 2012 by Geeky Swedes

6:45 p.m. That helicopter hovering over the neighborhood is for an accident on Aurora at 59th. Seattle Police say a pedestrian was struck by a car, and Aurora will remain closed “for at least two hours.”

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5 people hit by car in Fremont street

December 10th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

10:00am Update: According to Seattle Police Department, the driver was processed for DUI and subsequently booked into King County Jail for Vehicular Assault.

As for the victims taken to Harborview Medical Center, one is in critical condition with life threatening injuries, one is listed in serious condition and three listed in stable condition.

Original: A car plowed into group of people standing in front of a Fremont nightclub early this morning, sending them flying into the air and scattering their shoes across 36th St.  Five people were injured, one critically.

“The way that these people flew over the top — all of them went over the car, not under the car,” said Alex, an eyewitness. “All of them went over the top, like rag dolls.”

“I was standing there looking at my friend, and the next second he was gone,” said another witness, who asked we don’t identify him.

The accident happened just after closing time in front of Nectar on 36th St. Multiple 911 calls streamed into dispatch moments after 2 a.m. Witnesses rushed to help the injured laying in the middle of the roadway.

“When our firefighters arrived, they saw a crowd of about 30 people,” said Seattle Fire Lt. Sue Stangl. “They said the crowd was extremely helpful. When they arrived, everybody was trying to render aid with the four people down on the ground.”

Jake was in Fremont celebrating the completion of his EMT examination when the accident happened. “I just got there as fast as I could,” he said, explaining he helped stabilize a patient while yelling at people to stop traffic. “Shoes were everywhere,” he said. “Once the medics arrived, they were all on top of it. They triaged like lightening.”

Stangl said a man in his 20s is the most critically injured. Several witnesses told us he was lying unresponsive in the street. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. A woman was also sent to Harborview with multiple fractures. One man suffered a broken arm, another a broken leg. And the fifth victim had a minor head injury.

Police took the suspect into custody at the scene and was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert for signs of impairment, said Detective Renee Witt with Seattle Police.

Several witnesses told us the victims were standing in the street, talking to someone inside a car when the accident happened. A vehicle was headed eastbound, striking the group and pulling off the road a half-block later. Its windshield and hood were smashed by the impact.
(Thanks Silver for the tip!)

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Car Strikes Scooter In Accident At Fremont & 34th

August 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

8.17 Update: Irene, wife of the scooter victim, checks in once again with some positive news.

To all of you who have posted to this blog, thank you for your concern and kind words, prayers and good wishes for my husband. It seems that it is working. He is much more alert and we are making progress – slowly – but progress is progress and I am so grateful. One of the best things to come out of this is the knowledge of how much goodness is out there. I so appreciate all of you who have stepped forward as witnesses and tried to help me piece together the story. We have two daughters, 19 & 24 who also share in the relief that the information has given us. Just knowing is helpful.

My husband and I once witnessed an Aurora Bridge jumper from the water and the image didn’t leave my mind for 2 weeks. Those of you who still cringe when you relive seeing my husband flying off his scooter and hitting the ground, please take heart in the fact that his bruises are healing and we are moving forward.

Again, thank you with all my heart for being so good to us.

Update 1: The wife of the man on the scooter contacted us, asking for anyone with eyewitness information of the crash to contact her. Unfortunately, her husband remains in the hospital unable to communicate what transpired so any help by people who were there is appreciated. Her email is in the comments.
Midday Thursday, a driver attempted a left turn from northbound Fremont Av N to westbound N 34th St. and collided with an man riding a motor scooter southbound on Fremont Av N, approaching N 34th St. According to the SPD Blotter, the motor scooter operator suffered potential life-threatening injuries. He was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire personnel then immediately transported by Medic Unit to Harborview Medical Center.

A one-year old infant was present in the sedan at the time of the collision. The child was evaluated at the scene by Seattle FD personnel. The child appeared uninjured and did not require further treatment. The adult female driver was evaluated at the scene for signs of impairment by an SPD Drug Recognition Expert Officer. No signs of impairment were detected. The driver of the sedan was released from the scene.

The accident is currently under investigation. Images courtesy of Travis H.

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Two pedestrians hit, driver escapes on foot

December 27th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Updated Monday morning: Police are still searching for the suspect involved in this accident. They say the suspect was driving an unreported stolen vehicle when the accident happened. He was “bleeding profusely from the head and face,” the SPD Blotter states.

Updated Sunday: A car driving down N 39th St. collided with a SUV at Fremont Ave., and the resulting crash injured two pedestrians, witnesses say. The driver of the Chevy Nova, bloodied in the crash, ran away from the scene. Witnesses say he was last seen running down N 39th to Dayton.

The accident happened at 11:30 Sunday morning. Witnesses say one pedestrian suffered major injuries from flying debris, and another sustained minor injuries. Two people in the SUV were injured, as well as a passenger in the Nova. A total of four people were taken to the hospital.

Witnesses tell us the Nova drove through a red light. Police are searching for the driver, who’s wanted in the hit and run. He’s described as a man with black hair in a ponytail, wearing a red shirt, with a significant amount of blood on him. If you see the suspect, you’re asked to call 911.

Officers are following up on several leads, including a Ballard address on the car registration as well as a walk-in patient at Harborview Medical Center, but so far no confirmation of an arrest.

Update: Police now believe the car was stolen. (Thanks, Silver for the tips!)

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Rollover accident on Aurora Bridge

August 20th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A rollover crash closed the southbound lanes of the Aurora Bridge at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. When we arrived, medics were loading one patient into the ambulance. The accident occurred on the Fremont side, above 39th St.

It appeared that only one vehicle was involved.

The northbound lanes had slowed to crawl. An interesting side note: We were waiting at the Fremont Bridge when a fire engine responding to the accident approached. The bridge was just beginning to close, but the operator re-opened the arms to let the engine pass through.

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Car crashes into building on Leary

August 12th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A car has plowed through the front of a business at 4012 Leary Way.

Witnesses tell us that the black Honda was speeding towards Fremont on Leary and hit the Land Rover, which was headed towards Ballard. The Honda ended up in the building. We’re told that there are no injuries.

It appears that the business is Seattle Wheel Service. According to their website they “repair wheels that are bent, broken and otherwise compromised.”

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Bicyclist killed in Wallingford

March 17th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Just a few weeks after a bicyclist was killed in Ballard, a woman riding her bike in Wallingford was hit and killed by a car Friday morning. It happened at N 56th St. and 1st Ave. NE just before 10:30 a.m. The victim has been identified as Carol Salomon, 60, a University of Washington faculty lecturer. Very sad.

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Officer escapes Aurora collision unharmed

February 28th, 2009 by Beth

Seattle Police report that an officer escaped serious injury on Friday night, after a drunk driver slammed into his vehicle while he was responding to another accident on the Aurora Bridge. Seems like a rough weekend to be near Aurora, so stay safe out there, Fremonsters.

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Woman dies after accident on Fremont Bridge

February 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A 40-year-old Ballard woman who was involved in yesterday’s crash on the Fremont Bridge has died. The Seattle Times says a woman claiming to be the victim’s friend called them. The friend says the woman may have suffered a medical emergency before the accident. The woman also tells the Times that the woman lived in Ballard with her husband and twin 5-year-old boys. The King County Medical Examiner has not released the name of the victim.

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Fremont Bridge open after accident

February 18th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Updated 4 p.m. The Fremont Bridge is open again after a head-on accident earlier today closed traffic in both directions.

A white van and SUV collided head-on just before 11 a.m., resulting in one serious injury and sending two others to the hospital. A third car was involved, as well. Medics performed CPR on the most seriously injured patient. The Humane Society was called to take care of a dog in the van.

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Interbay accident causes traffic delays in Fremont

January 30th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A major accident on 15th Ave W closed the road today, detouring traffic down Leary from Ballard through Fremont.

The head-on crash happened at 3 p.m. this afternoon and both the northbound and southbound traffic was detoured through Fremont. Police say three people were sent to the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. MyBallard.com has more coverage.

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