Seattle police say that two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle while they were crossing the street on Denny Way in Seattle on Tuesday afternoon. A witness reported to officials that they saw the two male pedestrians crossing Denny Way Street and were hit by a Toyota Corolla that was trying to turn left onto Denny coming from Fairview Avenue.
The two men were thrown onto the hood of the car and up onto the windshield. The windshield shattered instantly resulting in the pedestrians being taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
After the initial strike of both vehicle and pedestrian the two men were conscious and on alert following the collision. The westbound lanes of Denny Way were closed following the incident for police to investigate further.
Witnesses Saw Driver on Cell Phone
A witness, Forrest Williams, told Seattle police officials that the driver of the Toyota Corolla was on the phone when he ran a red light, which caused him to hit the pedestrians as they were trying to cross the street.
"The first one rolled off and the other guy was hanging on for dear life, and he just (expletive) speeded up while the guy's hanging on and he would not slow down, like he wanted the guy to fall off so he could just keep going where he wanted to go," Williams stated.
Another witness on the scene reported, "Out of the corner of my eye, I see the car just ramming them. He just scooped them up," said Reynaldo Renderos, who witnessed the collision from his car. "They got scooped up by the car, and he must have been going 40 (miles per hour) or maybe 45."