I have stated numerous times that the roads are dangerous and unpredictable. This rings true for motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists alike and these dangers become even more apparent after dark when visibility is low. Being a Kent pedestrian injury lawyer and Seattle wrongful death attorney I have seen thousands of people die in fatal pedestrian accidents that could have easily been prevented.
Early in the morning Saturday, February 26th a woman was killed in a fatal pedestrian accident as she walked down Interstate 5. State Patrol Troopers were sent to the southbound lanes of I-5near 248th Street in Kent around 1:30 a.m. after several reports were received about a woman walking down the freeway. Shortly after the original complaints, calls came in that the woman had been struck by a vehicle.
When help arrived to the scene the woman, 23-year-old Andrea Manske of Fife was found lying in the middle of the southbound lanes dead. Further investigation into the incident revealed that Manske had been passenger in a vehicle driving south on I-5 when for some reason the vehicle had pulled over the right shoulder and Manske proceeded to get out of the car and walk down the freeway. Manske was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban shortly after exiting the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle Manske was riding in before the accident remained pulled over on Interstate 5 and was able to tell the troopers what had happened.
My condolences go out to the friends and family of Andrea Manske. It is never easy to lose a young life so unexpectedly.
This incident is currently under investigation- and it has not yet been released by Manske decided to leave the vehicle and walk down the interstate. The freeway is not a safe place for pedestrians especially after dark when drivers have limited visibility. It is important that if you ever find yourself walking down a freeway to make yourself visible by carrying a flashlight or glow stick and wearing bright clothing.