Update: Deadly crash at Delridge/Kenyon; police suspect DUI

July 27, 2013 at 9:37 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 42 Comments

(NEWEST INFO: 1:53 am, police have just reopened Delridge)

9:37 PM: An incident with major police/fire response has Delridge blocked at Kenyon.

9:46 PM: Police at the scene say this is a two-vehicle crash and one person is dead at the scene. Two others have been taken to the hospital.

11:04 PM: The vehicle in our photo is one of the two involved, a Honda CR-V. A pickup truck is the other vehicle, and is up on the sidewalk about 50 feet south of the CR-V, according to the WSB crew that was at the scene. SPD Lt. Alan Williams reiterated at the scene that this is a collision involving two vehicles, no pedestrians. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is at the scene and that means this section of Delridge will be closed for at least a few more hours. It is their second investigation in West Seattle in less than 48 hours – they also investigated the deadly motorcycle/SUV crash in The Junction early Friday.

11:50 PM UPDATE: Police have just published an update on SPD Blotter, and they say the driver of one vehicle was drinking:

At approximately 9:11 p.m. officers responded to a 911 report of a two vehicle rollover collision in the 7900 block of Delridge Way SW. Preliminary investigation indicates that a Honda CRV was eastbound on SW Kenyon Street and was executing a left turn onto northbound Delridge Way SW when it was struck by a southbound Chevy pickup truck which subsequently overturned. An adult male who was riding in the bed of the pickup truck was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by fire department medics.

The events leading up to the collision remain under active investigation.

The driver of the Honda, a male in his 50′s, was evaluated for signs of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No impairment was detected. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.

The driver of the Chevy truck, an adult male, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The front seat passenger of the Chevy truck, an adult male, was treated at the scene by fire department medics and released.

The driver of the Chevy was also evaluated for signs of impairment. Indications of alcohol consumption were detected and he was placed under arrest and processed for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Upon completion of his evaluations and treatment he will be booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Vehicular Homicide.

No citations will be issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in serious traffic collisions involving extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate. Delridge Way SW is closed for approximately one block in each direction from the scene and traffic is being detoured. The road should be back open at approximately 1:30 a.m.

1:53 AM UPDATE: Police have just announced via radio communication that Delridge is reopening.

42 Comments

  1. This has closed entry and exit at the Westridge Park Appts.

    Comment by Ciana N — 9:53 pm July 27, 2013 #

  2. This is so sad, prayers to the friends and family of the deceased. I hope this wasn’t alcohol related.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 9:57 pm July 27, 2013 #

  3. Any pictures of the scene?

    Comment by Cruzin — 10:10 pm July 27, 2013 #

  4. What’s going on in WS? In the last couple of months alone, there have been several serious car accidents here. :(

    Comment by WSeattleite — 10:12 pm July 27, 2013 #

  5. So that’s what was going on, too bad about the fatality.

    Comment by MetPatrick — 10:15 pm July 27, 2013 #

  6. Was there just before Police and Fire reached the scene. Did not look good at all. At least one person was being tended to by civilians on the side of the road. Sad to know this turned out to be deadly :(

    Comment by SageK — 10:29 pm July 27, 2013 #

  7. Is there any word on who the victims are? Are they from West Seattle?

    Comment by Katie — 10:31 pm July 27, 2013 #

  8. Katie, no idea, sorry. We still don’t have the ID from Friday’s motorcycle/SUV collision in The Junction, for that matter – the Medical Examiner might release it on Monday.

    Comment by WSB — 11:09 pm July 27, 2013 #

  9. WSeattleite – The Friday motorcycle/SUV crash was the first deadly crash in West Seattle in thirteen months. And now we’ve had two in less than 48 hours.

    Comment by WSB — 11:15 pm July 27, 2013 #

  10. This is just outside my house, and driving past to go home it seems the whole neighborhood was outside making sure it wasn’t somebody they knew. Sending lots of my best thoughts to the deceased, the injured and their families. This will be a tough Saturday night for lots of people, keep your neighbors in your thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Boone — 11:24 pm July 27, 2013 #

  11. Heard this and ran for it as we were walking home. It appeared that two passengers were thrown from the vehicle, one attended to with CPR and the other was injured as well. Unclear about third passenger/person. Not pretty. I directed traffic around while waiting for emergency response. All people on scene acted quickly and multiple calls were put into 911.

    Comment by KS — 11:27 pm July 27, 2013 #

  12. Also, thanks to the guy who kept watch on my bike as I ran around the scene.

    Comment by KS — 11:38 pm July 27, 2013 #

  13. Have just added extensive update from police to the story. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:54 pm July 27, 2013 #

  14. The update on this story is just sad. Totally preventable death.

    Comment by Mike — 12:28 am July 28, 2013 #

  15. Ye came home from work at 1 am n the investigation squad was running skid mark tests kinda sad to hear cause it happened right behind my house.

    Comment by Aleks — 3:48 am July 28, 2013 #

  16. Hard to take knowing DUI was the cause. Horrific scene.

    Comment by Matt — 5:37 am July 28, 2013 #

  17. This was my brother thank you all for ur thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by landa H — 5:46 am July 28, 2013 #

  18. Drinking & driving is thoughtless & selfish. God bless all who lost last night.

    Comment by Brenda — 7:33 am July 28, 2013 #

  19. Landa, I am not sure which person was your brother but my thoughts are with you and your family regardless. If you lost your brother last night, I am so so sorry.

    Comment by Chris W — 8:51 am July 28, 2013 #

  20. With all the new condos going up and the more people that are moving into west seattle, you can expect a lot more accidents then normal. West Seattle wont be able to manage all the vehicles on the road in a few years, the main corridors and back roads are getting more dangerous

    Comment by West Seattle — 9:38 am July 28, 2013 #

  21. Good thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery to the driver of the CRV.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 9:44 am July 28, 2013 #

  22. This accident happened right in front of my house. All I could do was watch in horror. I’m so sorry for the family and friends of the young man who lost his life. I would like to commend the neighbors and citizens who did their very best to save him. They are heroes. Their actions may have saved the second injured man’s life. Hope he’s doing ok.

    Comment by MC — 10:04 am July 28, 2013 #

  23. Stop drinking and driving people!! Effing irresponsible people.

    Comment by B. — 10:29 am July 28, 2013 #

  24. this is a very tragic thg to have happened…A very special friend has now moved into the position of a single parent to a teenage son. my prayers are with them all….

    Comment by cc — 11:10 am July 28, 2013 #

  25. With all due respect, it appears this accident was due to DUI, and has nothing to do with land use changes in the neighborhood. Totally inappropriate insinuation.

    Comment by kgdlg — 11:22 am July 28, 2013 #

  26. Also, my prayers are with the families.

    Comment by kgdlg — 11:23 am July 28, 2013 #

  27. When can we know the deceased victims name? Also, to the drunk driver who put only himself first, YOU SUCK and you are SELFISH. To have to put so many witnesses in this situation who Im sure will be shaken up for days to come, you deserve the worst penalty for your behavior. These people will never see their front yard or this street the same ever again.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 11:42 am July 28, 2013 #

  28. West Seattle, you’re absolutely right. Also, all those new people moving in drive existing residents to drink, and then attempt to flee our overcrowded streets. And there are so many more people here in West Seattle that people are running out of passenger space in their cars, thus the need to carry one passenger in the bed of a pickup.

    Increased density is clearly to blame here.

    Comment by SarahScoot — 11:50 am July 28, 2013 #

  29. Agree with the comment by west seattle.

    Comment by Residents — 12:33 pm July 28, 2013 #

  30. He certainly deserves the worst penalty but surely it will be a slap on the hand and “do not do this again.” Ya right. Pisses me off. This could’ve been me or someone I know.

    Comment by B. — 1:10 pm July 28, 2013 #

  31. Alki Res – I hope the Medical Examiner will have both the name from this crash and the one early Friday in tomorrow afternoon’s update. Otherwise, as usual, our only other hope is to hear from family or friends of the victims, which happens often IF a victim is local. Also, for this case, since there is a suspect in custody, there will likely be a bail hearing Monday afternoon, which means probable-cause documents telling more about everyone involved … TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:17 pm July 28, 2013 #

  32. Landa, if your brother was the one who passed away–I’m truly sorry for your loss. Please know many many people worked hard for his life.

    Comment by Delridge Chick — 1:23 pm July 28, 2013 #

  33. @Sarah: lolwut?

    Comment by robespierre — 1:23 pm July 28, 2013 #

  34. Robespierre, commenter “West Seattle” implied this accident could be blamed on increased population density in West Seattle. I was being facetious in my agreement with that person. I had actually put a “/sarcasm” tag on my comment, but it’s not visible for some reason. Sorry for the confusion!

    Comment by SarahScoot — 2:33 pm July 28, 2013 #

  35. This is terrible, but I’m glad to hear that the neighbors immediately were out to do what they could to help, offering first aid, CPR, directing traffic, etc. The only bright thing about a tragedy like this is that the better part of human nature can shine in those who help.

    Comment by AJP — 4:17 pm July 28, 2013 #

  36. I am definitely thinking about everyone involved with this horrible accident. I noticed there is a small cross set up at the site of his death. I am glad this is there to serve as a memorial to help with the grieving process and a reminder to everyone to please be safe and to please please please not drink and drive. I am sure the witnesses and those involved will be thinking about this for weeks to come, but hopefully this tragedy will help others be mindful and potentially prevent another similar accident from happening.

    Comment by Jamiem — 6:10 pm July 28, 2013 #

  37. I walked to see what happened after we heard several loud bangs. I saw so many people around the young man trying to help, the medics arrived and worked to save him I could see them doing cpr and chest compressions. It broke our hearts, thoughts and love to the family.

    Comment by westridge rez — 7:00 pm July 28, 2013 #

  38. I have been tailgated and honked at for going too slow (35mph) on Delridge so many times it ridiculous. We really need to spend some time slowing people down there. It’s not a 50+mph road for heavens sake!

    Comment by Michelle — 11:29 am July 29, 2013 #

  39. My condolences to the families. I went by the little make shift memorial and noticed that a beer can was left there. Can some one explain to me why a beer can would be placed at a memorial when alcohol was the primary reason that the crash happened? Let say the driver was high on meth or crack. Is it a tradition to put a crack pipe too? Again I’m ignorant so please don’t flame me.

    Comment by Bus Rider — 9:05 pm July 29, 2013 #

  40. I live in the apartments at the intersection of this crash. I can still hear the soundsof the incident in my head. I left a vase of flowers yesterday at the memorial site; prayers to the family of the man “Mike” that lost his life ( his name is on the cross at the site). I don’t know him, but he was someone’s son, brother, father, cousin. So tragic.

    Bus Rider – I saw that beer can at the crash site Saturday night. I guess someone felt it would make a statement of the repercussions by leaving it at the site.

    Comment by Lisa — 10:08 pm July 29, 2013 #

  41. Thanks for mentioning the first name, Lisa. There was one person listed on the Medical Examiner recording today with the first name Michael and injuries that sounded like what this must have resulted in … but they listed date of death as July 27th, so I wasn’t sure. Will check tomorrow.

    Comment by WSB — 10:15 pm July 29, 2013 #

  42. I am sorry to hear about the loss of life, prayers for his family. Lived by the suspect since he was 5, haven’t seen him since he was a teenager. Feel sorry for his family.

    Comment by tigers — 11:44 pm July 29, 2013 #

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