On Tuesday May 3rd, in the early morning, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle pulling out from a parking garage onto Taylor Ave. The accident occurred around 6:40 AM at the intersection of Taylor Ave and Denny Way just a few blocks from the Space Needle.
The driver of the vehicle said he heard and felt the impact as he was leaving the parking garage. After stepping out of his Toyota sedan, he realized he had run over a person. He immediately called 911 and waited for first responders to arrive. In an attempt to save the man, firefighters tried using airbags to lift the car up. Unfortunately, the victim was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said, the victim may have been sleeping in front of the garage at the time of the accident. Neighbors in the surrounding areas also stated that it’s not unusual to see homeless people sleeping in covered areas by the garage but never in front of it.
There were no signs that the driver of the Toyota was impaired or under the influence of any drugs. The driver was interviewed, questioned, and later released. Police are still gathering evidence and investigating the case.
Pedestrian accidents are devastating because typically the injuries are significant since there is nothing protecting the body of the pedestrian like there is when you are surrounded by metal like in a car. In the United States, roughly 64,000 pedestrian accidents occur every year. On average, a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle every eight minutes. The statistics are very sobering but you can keep yourself and others safe by:
- Crossing only at marked crosswalks
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible
- Always check for cars turning before crossing
- Be even more cautious at night
- Don’t cross between two parked cars
You can read more about safe practices for pedestrians on our website at www.premierlwgroup.com