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Child in Stroller Struck by SUV on Sidewalk in Seattle

Updated on: 2/22/2019

UPDATE: The father and child who were hit by an SUV on a Seattle sidewalk Thursday afternoon were reportedly taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Investigators clarified later Thursday that the at-fault driver was attempting to parallel park on the street when he lost control of the vehicle and backed over the curb, striking the man and his child. 

"I was backing into this parking spot here and somehow my foot got caught under the brake," the unidentified driver told reporters. "It kept the pedal going and it came up on over the curb and I couldn't stop it." 

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are investigating a potentially serious pedestrian accident that occurred on a sidewalk near the Federal Building in downtown Seattle Thursday afternoon.

According to KIRO, an adult couple was walking on the sidewalk near the Federal Building, located on 2nd Avenue near Madison Street, Thursday when the driver of an SUV reportedly lost control of the vehicle while he was attempting to put the car in reverse.

One witness told reporters that he saw an SUV trying to pull into a parking spot on the street when it suddenly hopped up over the curb at a high rate of speed. The couple was walking with the child in the stroller on the sidewalk when they were struck by the vehicle.

Police temporarily closed both directions of Western Avenue and Madison Street near the ferry terminal as they investigated the scene. Officials said the mother and child were both expected to be alright, but that the father had been pinned between the SUV and a wall of the Federal Building. The extent of his injuries was unclear.

We will update this story as soon as more information is available. 

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