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Pedestrian Critically Injured by DUI Driver in White Center

Updated on: 2/22/2019

A 50-year-old man was critically injured and hospitalized after being hit by a suspected drunken driver in White Center Thursday afternoon.

The woman, who police say is a 50-year-old White Center resident, was walking near the intersection of Southwest 102nd Street and 16th Avenue Southwest just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday when she was struck by a vehicle.

The driver, identified only as a 55-year-old woman from Burien, was driving on 16th Avenue Southwest when she struck the woman. It was unclear if the man was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the pedestrian accident.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for potentially life-threatening injuries, according to the West Seattle Herald.

The King County Sheriff’s office had originally told reporters that the victim died from her injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital. However, a spokesperson corrected this in an update later in the day, adding that the woman was in critical condition but expected to survive.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular assault. She was booked into King County Jail. 

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