Pedestrian hit at 145th and Aurora Tuesday evening February 20, 2024

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Scene where pedestrian was hit 
Photo by Bruce Miller

Just after 9pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Aurora and 145th.

Five police and fire departments responded.
Photo by Bruce Miller

The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

He was west bound on 145th, when, according to the driver, the male pedestrian was "jaywalking" (or maybe crossing against the light).

Photo by Bruce Miller

These agencies responded: Shoreline Police, Shoreline Fire, WSP, Seattle Police, and Seattle Fire.

Driver stayed at the scene, victim transported to hospital.
Photo by Bruce Miller

The victim was transported by Seattle Medic Unit with what were thought to be serious but non-fatal injuries.

--Diane Hettrick


Anonymous,  February 21, 2024 at 3:48 AM  

Weird how it's always the driver who's around to make a statement explaining how it was the fault of the person they drove into.

Anonymous,  February 21, 2024 at 4:57 AM  

Jaywalking happens at any time of day at this intersection. During daylight it’s easier to see but from dusk to dawn, wearing dark clothes they pose a real challenge to even the most attentive drivers. Perhaps this intersection, as busy as it is, deserves a “no turn on red” designation.

Anonymous,  February 21, 2024 at 10:17 AM  

I live off of Aurora and I see the way people drive and it is very dangerous. Whether you jaywalk or not. People have little regard to pedestrians.

Anonymous,  February 21, 2024 at 11:51 PM  

Just as drivers have a responsibility to be attentive and sober, pedestrians have a responsibility to respect traffic lights and not jaywalk.

As far as adding a no right on red to this intersection, SDOT has already restricted too many intersections, lowering respect for the signage and pushing people to ignore them wherever they see them. The effect of prohibiting right on red at this intersection just because a jaywalker was hit would be to further erode compliance with intersections that actually need the restriction.

Anonymous,  February 22, 2024 at 3:33 AM  

Anonymous at 11:51 PM, read the comment by Anonymous at 3:48 AM.

Anonymous,  February 22, 2024 at 4:27 PM  

I have walked this route many many times so I know the danger to pedestrians. It is questionable to me that the pedestrian was at fault at this intersection. People need to slow down!

Anonymous,  February 24, 2024 at 3:51 AM  

I don't see how it would be questionable to anyone that the pedestrian was at fault for this accident. There are bad drivers, bad pedestrians, but this driver stuck around instead of fleeing like so many do when it's the driver's fault. It seems like this one probably was the ped's fault.

Anonymous,  March 30, 2024 at 8:37 AM  

It's automatically the driver's fault being the pedestrian always has the right of way. There is no way someone (driver) would be going 40 mph while taking a so called free right turn. I think the pedestrian deserves the utmost restitution for the poor choice that sorry SOB of a driver made. The only reason why he stuck around was because the windshield was caved in. What a Joke! He is lucky to be alive. Thank God.

Anonymous,  March 30, 2024 at 8:34 PM  

There should be a place to buy reflective tape for a reasonable price. I had an installer come in winter (7:30 AM but not yet light) and all I could see of him from about 8 feet away was the reflective tape on his uniform.
I also think there are a lot of pedestrians texting or high or both. And then, there are older people (and texter-drivers) who should not drive, because they are not focused as much as they need to be.
But reflective tape would help when peds or drivers are are not paying enough attention.

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