Two accidents occur on Kent's East Hill within 30 minutes

"It's highly unusual to have two severe accidents so close together in time and location." Kent Police Lt. Pat Lowery stated when consulted about the two accidents that occurred on the East Hill yesterday.

The first accident, which occurred around 3:30pm, involved a man from Renton who failed to stop at a stop sign and continued into the Southeast 224th St and Benson Road intersection, colliding with a Kent school bus. He was found unconscious, but paramedics were able to revive him. He was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The accident occurred around 3:30pm.

The second accident, which occurred around 4:00pm, about 30 minutes after the previous accident, involved an 11-year-old boy who got hit by a car while he was walking home from school. Kent Police released that the boy was hit by a car as he attempted to run across the 23800 block of 100th Avenue Southeast. He was transferred to a local area hospital with severe injuries.

The fact that such terrible accidents happened within 30 minutes of each other, less than a mile apart is an extremely rare occurrance and more than slightly disturbing. It calls to question the safety of the roads in the East Hill area of Kent.

Such tragic accidents remind us to take extra precaution in our every day lives' to ensure the safety of other children and drivers around us. Remember to look both ways when crossing the street and only cross at designated crosswalks. Drivers must always stay alert and watch for pedestrians that may cross the street at any moment. The only way to avoid such sad events is by preventing them through constant vigilance and consideration.
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