Woman hit by pickup on Capitol Hill

Story Highlights:
One injured in Seattle pedestrian accident
Truck vs. pedestrian collision caused by DUI
Driver attempted to leave the scene, arrested
East Pine Street closed for over an hour

January 22, 2011, 01/22/2011
Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, King County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Pedestrian accident, DUI
Outcome: One injured

A woman was crossing East Pine and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle around 2:15am early Saturday morning when she was struck by a pickup truck. The driver tried to flee the scene, leaving the victim lying in the middle of the crosswalk, conscious but bleeding from the head.

With help from witnesses who saw the accident, police were able to track down the driver a few miles from the scene. When approached about the accident, the driver showed obvious signs of impairment, leading to her arrest for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The most recent update reports that she is still hospitalized but in stable condition.

East Pine was shut down for over an hour while medics helped the injured woman and the SPD Traffic Collision Investigation Squad inspected the scene and questioned witnesses.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics
  • Nearly half (48 percent) of pedestrian fatalities occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas (74 percent).

Washington State Drunk Driving Law
Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502.

Washington State Hit-and-Run Law
A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident. See RCW 46.52.020

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Everyone at the Davis Law Group wishes a speedy recovery to the woman who was injured in this tragic and unnecessary accident. We are dedicated to representing those who have suffered a loss or disability through in a bicycle accident, crosswalk accident, or pedestrian collision. If you or a family member has suffered personal injury as the result of a pedestrian, crosswalk, or bicycle accident, Seattle injury attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you.

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