Shoreline graduate dies in light rail accident

Monday, July 5, 2021

Emoke Rock and Skip Wayne
Well-known local resident Emoke Rock and her partner Steven "Skip" Wayne died Friday, July 2, 2021 a little after 6pm when they were hit by a Sound Transit light rail train.

They were crossing the street at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Way S and S Alaska St in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. 

They were in a crosswalk but Seattle Police report that they were crossing during a “Don’t Walk” signal.

They were hit and pinned under an electric light rail car. Seattle Police responded, as did the Seattle Fire Department which extricated them from under the light rail car. 

Emoke Rock was declared deceased at the scene, and Skip Wayne was transported to Harborview in critical condition and later died from his injuries.

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad responded to the scene and will be conducting the investigation.

Emoke Rock was a 1963 graduate of Shoreline High School. 

Active in local community, she was the president of the Shoreline Rotary 2007-2008.

She had been a teacher and had recently retired as a real estate agent at the Edmonds Windermere office.

She and Skip had just returned home from a long RV trip around the country.

7-5-2021 updated with additional information
7-6-2021 updated with additional information


Smblurt July 5, 2021 at 11:42 AM  

I am so saddened by this horrible news. Emoke was such a kind and caring person 💗 Many condolences to her family and friends.

Anonymous,  July 7, 2021 at 9:49 AM  

When I first heard about this I assumed the victims were recent immigrants to the states who might have been confused by all the signage, traffic, etc. To have it be two well educated long time residents is confounding indeed.

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