Car goes off the road on Perkins Way

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Vehicle went off Perkins Way
Photo courtesy LFP Police
By Diane Hettrick

Perkins Way is a beautiful, narrow, winding road that twists and turns along McAleer Creek from 15th NE in Shoreline to Pfingst Animal Acres Park in Lake Forest Park.

The stream crosses under the road at a ravine, then parallels it before it goes underground on its way to Lake Washington.

The road is marked 25mph but people who live on Perkins report that cars racing up the road at twice that speed are common.

Thursday night on Perkins way, a driver was speeding and lost control. The vehicle went off the road and lodged on a bridge that stopped them from going into the creek.

If not for the bridge, the vehicle would have dropped seven feet into the creek, likely impaled by large tree sections and boulders in that portion of the creek.

No alcohol or drugs were involved. Excessive speed and inexperience were contributors to the collision.

The driver and passenger did not sustain any injuries. The roadway was closed for about 45 minutes.

Thank you to the police officers working the scene as well the public works staff that did an exceptional job cleaning up.


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