87 year old North City woman killed in crosswalk on 15th NE

Friday, June 14, 2024

A photo by David Sprengeler posted to social media shows the scene of the collision

An 87 year old North City woman was struck and killed by a van in a crosswalk on 15th Ave NE at NE 180th just after 9am Thursday morning, June 14, 2024.

The driver was making a left turn from 180th to 15th when he struck her. He immediately stopped and started CPR.

A King County Sheriff’s Office  photo shows the van at the intersection of 180th and 15th

Shoreline police and fire responded to the scene and according to a statement from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the driver stayed on the scene and cooperated.

Shoreline Fire reports that their first unit, L161 was on scene 2 minutes and 25 seconds after being dispatched and found bystander CPR going on. Their personnel worked on her, put her in the back of the medic unit which arrived about two minutes later, where the medics continued working on her, but ultimately she passed away.

The incident is still under investigation and the intersection was closed for several hours on Thursday morning.

By noon, the road had been re-opened and traffic had returned to normal.

Paint marks show the location of the van when the driver struck the woman and a sign saying “Turning Vehicles Stop for Pedestrians” - photo by Oliver Moffat

That crosswalk (like most others in Shoreline) has not been reconfigured with a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) to give pedestrians a head start while crossing intersections.

According to the city’s Traffic Report, three Shoreline intersections have recently been reconfigured with LPI, but 180th and 15th is not on the list of intersections planned for safety improvements.

According to the Washington State Patrol’s website, there have been 34 collisions near that intersection since 2016.


Jack Llewyllson,  June 14, 2024 at 9:35 AM  

I’ve nearly been hit by left-turning traffic several times in that crosswalk, despite walking a large dog. The sight lines don’t seem to be great.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2024 at 10:43 AM  

I'm so sorry for all parties involved. That intersection needs LPI. THE TIMING OF GO NOT GO is a recipe for failure. Please change this!! Longer lag times between when The Pedestrian and the drivers have a chance to view them. it really is a life-changing moment if you really do want to change things

Jon Morgan,  June 14, 2024 at 12:21 PM  

Shoreline also needs to reduce its arterial speed limits, similar to what Seattle has done. But the physical layout is what matters most. Narrower streets with buildings closer to the street are slower, which makes them safer. As you reduce speeds, you narrow driver focus from miles or blocks ahead to the more immediate environment.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2024 at 3:55 PM  

No turn on red lights please. People don't stop and go through red lights already!

Anonymous,  June 14, 2024 at 8:22 PM  

The speed limit through North City is 25 MPH. it need to be enforced!

Anonymous,  June 14, 2024 at 10:31 PM  

The speed limit is already 25mph. Aggressive idiots just don't obey the laws. It's near impossible to pull onto 15th from side roads (unless there's a signal) because people drive too fast. That intersection is particularly dangerous because drivers coming from north speeding up the hill.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2024 at 11:47 PM  

The speed limit there is 25 mph.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2024 at 2:01 AM  

What do arterial speed limits have to do with this accident? Seattle plasters 25 everywhere while people drive at the natural flow of traffic which is often 40. Shoreline has already reduced speed limits on several roads, and all we have to show for it is needlessly making more people into lawbreakers.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2024 at 10:21 AM  

Our hearts are broken because our dear friend Amalia Delgado was taken from us too soon.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2024 at 11:31 AM  

Long overdue for this intersection! LPI info: https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/safety-first/vision-zero/leading-pedestrian-intervals#:~:text=The%20LPI%20works%20by%20turning,for%20drivers%20who%20are%20turning.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2024 at 2:09 PM  

Yes the speed limit is 25. But there is only one speed sign for each direction so it is easy to miss. Unless you’re already going 25.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2024 at 4:08 PM  

No consequences at school leads to civic misbehavior as adults

Jim Anderson,  June 21, 2024 at 1:29 PM  

This accident had little to do with speed and more with awareness. I wonder if speed cameras, especially mobile units and well advertised on map software, would improve overall driver awareness. I'm concerned that noncompliance with speed limits and general driver inattention in North City reflect something like a cultural problem that needs creative problem-solving.

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