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UPDATE: Woman Struck By Car On Lake Washington Boulevard Has Been Identified

The woman was struck Saturday while walking in the pedestrian lane on Lake Washington Boulevard.

 

UPDATE: 4:30 a.m., 7/8/12

Here is the latest update from Renton Police Cmdr. Dave Leibman in an email sent early this morning:

"The victim in yesterday's car-pedestrian incident has been identified. The attention given by area journalists was instrumental. Thank you."

Although the woman has been identified, the Department has not released any further details about the woman, such as her name or current condition.

Patch will update this article as more information is made available. 

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UPDATE: 2:56 p.m., 7/7/12

Just got the following from the Renton Police Department regarding the woman who was injured today in a car-pedestrian collision:

On 07/07/12, at app. 08:45 hours, Renton Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision in the 4000 block of Lake Washington Blvd. Officers found a critically injured woman in the bushes along the roadway.

The driver of the vehicle who struck the woman was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where she remains unconscious and in critical condition.

The Renton Police Department would like the public’s assistance in identifying the victim pedestrian. She carried no identification, and mentioned her name was “Ros” or “Rose” or something similar before losing consciousness. It appeared that the victim was either walking or jogging at the time of the accident.

The victim is believed to be a white or light skinned black female in her 30’s or 40’s. She was wearing light blue running shoes and white shorts at the time of the incident. Due to the severity of her injuries, a better description is not available.

If you believe you know the identity of the victim, please call the Renton Police Department at (425) 430-7500 and refer to case 12-6831

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ORIGINAL POST, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

A car versus pedestrian accident sent a woman to Harborview Medical Center and a man to jail Saturday morning.

Shortly before 9 a.m. and Renton Fire and Emergency Services and Renton Police responded to Lake Washington Boulevard near North 40th Street where a man driving a white Hyundai south on Lake Washington Boulevard swerved off the roadway and into the walking and biking lanes.

Accident witness William Jones said a woman was walking north in the pedestrian lane on Lake Washington Boulevard when she was hit.

She didn’t have enough time to get out of the way, he said.

“I have never seen a body fly through the air like that, except for in Hollywood,” he said, adding that the event seemed surreal. He estimated the impact threw the woman “30 or 40 feet.”

Fire officials later estimated the woman was thrown 25-30 feet before landing in blackberry bushes along the side of the road.

Renton Fire and Emergency Services brought Ladder 11 to take aerial shots of the scene.

Ken Watkins, who lives on Pave Avenue North — up one block from Lake Washington Boulevard — is unhappy with the speed of many drivers who exceed the 25-mph limit.

“I’ve asked for signs and speed bumps,” he said, “but nothing happens. This area really needs some control. 

In this case speed didn't appear to be a factor. According to police scanner traffic, impact occurred at approximately 25-mph.

The accident remains under investigation, and Lake Washington Boulevard remained closed between North 38th and North 40th streetsfor several hours on Saturday. 

Patch will update this article as more information is made available. 

citizen July 08, 2012 at 05:57 AM
A tragic situation. Sidewalks and bikeways should be constructed along this pedestrian/bike/automobile arterial.
Linda clauson July 12, 2012 at 08:45 AM
I lived close to there 4 years ago & cars were going too fast many times & I thought bikers& walkers were @ great risk. I am here in Holland & we can learn much by how they have bike lanes paved reddish on all streets for bikes & scooters . The system appears to work well. We have much to learn about road design from what I've seen here in Netherlands & Belgium. It won't solve the drinking & driving issue but as a bike lover it would make me want to bike around the area more.

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