Update: Pedestrian hit by driver at 35th and Barton

May 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 22 Comments

(Just before Engine 37 left; police were east of it, at 7-11 driveway)
4:40 PM: A 28-year-old woman hit by a driver at 35th and Barton is about to be rushed to the hospital. According to scanner traffic, she was knocked to the ground and hit her head. Lots of police and fire there, so avoid the intersection for a while.

4:56 PM: The scene, at the southeast corner, has cleared quickly. No further details.

22 Comments

  1. Hope her injuries aren’t too serious. I really hate crossing there. People come whipping around that corner onto Barton so fast. Or making any kind of turn there really. I usually go up Henderson from 30th if I’m going to the library, even if it is backtracking a little.

    Slow down, people. Getting somewhere .001 seconds earlier isn’t worth someone’s life.

    Comment by Andi — 5:21 pm May 11, 2014 #

  2. I don’t much like that intersection when I’m in my car. Is there a walk/don’t walk signal for pedestrians? Even if there is, I’d be pretty nervous about trying to walk through while assessing traffic from four directions.

    Comment by JTB — 5:56 pm May 11, 2014 #

  3. Yikes, poor lady. Hope she’s ok.

    Comment by Jason — 6:52 pm May 11, 2014 #

  4. I had a car run over my foot at that corner a few years ago. Of course, he was on something and he was forced to stop, thanks to bystanders. There’s a walk sign, JTB, but that intersection is scary nonetheless. Needs a left-turn signal light, really.

    Comment by Eilis Flynn — 7:07 pm May 11, 2014 #

  5. This is so sad.
    There looks like there is a walk/don’t walk signal.
    There are several lights/walk don’t walk intersection I know of were the red light for the cars and the walk sign are out of whack.

    Even a second extra of go light time can send a couple of cars through the cross walk.(1st and Lander and SW Edmunds and SW Erskine heading west, come to mind).

    If you think there is a problem with a signal, call or write. With almost 1000 signals we are their eyes.

    Traffic Signal Program
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/trafficsignals.htm

    Comment by patt — 8:00 pm May 11, 2014 #

  6. I was at the intersection when this happened and made the 911 call. Is there any update whether police have identified family or contacts? When I left, the child wasn’t able to provide information on where she lives. Also, any word on whether the family needs help?

    Comment by Brenden — 8:48 pm May 11, 2014 #

  7. Brenden, you know a lot more than I do. I wasn’t there for long – the scene was clearing quickly; I did hear on the scanner that a child seat was requested – so there was a child with the woman who was hit? Official followup information is unlikely to be available before tomorrow.

    Comment by WSB — 9:04 pm May 11, 2014 #

  8. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!!!!!

    Comment by Beth — 11:04 pm May 11, 2014 #

  9. The car hit a woman and child, ~3-4 yrs old. Medics determined the child was unhurt. So Mom went to Harborview, but kid couldn’t go with her. Folks on the scene were very helpful, but due to age, language or shock, the child could not articulate family contacts, home address, etc. She did indicate with hand gestures that they live near the intersection.

    Comment by Brenden — 11:11 pm May 11, 2014 #

  10. Barton is one of the on-ramps to I-35.
    Waiting for pedestrians causes those behind you to honk impatiently.
    The crosswalks there, and other places need to be much more clearly marked, signed, and raised in visual and actual importance.

    Comment by old timer — 6:59 am May 12, 2014 #

  11. this is one more corner that needs it’s own traffic cop. the impatient yahoos going to or coming from the ferry need to slow down and think about what hitting a pedestrian will do to your wallet…[seems that that is the only thing counts any more]..

    Comment by Robert — 7:57 am May 12, 2014 #

  12. I’ve had several near misses as a pedestrian on that corner. Another problem corner, where I’m grateful no one has been killed, is crossing Fauntleroy/Morgan at California. Cars regularly ignore pedestrians and make turns on the green (in spite of huge, well-marked crosswalks and the extra warning signs hung by SDOT).

    Comment by iggy — 8:29 am May 12, 2014 #

  13. Just one word of caveat as the day gets going – I have zero information to date on exactly where the victim was crossing – whether it was the crosswalk on 35th, the crosswalk on Barton, OR – possible, given where the police were – the driveway at 7-11. I hope to get that info today but so far am not getting through even on an urgent question about this morning’s HP Way crash.

    Comment by WSB — 8:51 am May 12, 2014 #

  14. This is great news! Now we’ll get more electronic police officers (cameras) at this intersection to fleece us of our money (40% of which goes to Arizona). Money that will never be used for actual safety improvements. Looking forward to it!! I love the direction Seattle is headed.

    Comment by j — 10:00 am May 12, 2014 #

  15. This is just awful. 35th is dangerous – I’ve had people dart out from between cars to run across the street trying to catch their bus, other drivers swerve around me when I try to stop for a pedestrian…

    Comment by heather — 10:35 am May 12, 2014 #

  16. Could they not find any identification on the women, or did she have a phone where they could access a family member?

    Comment by lola — 10:40 am May 12, 2014 #

  17. We need to make 35th one lane each way (with fat bike lanes) so it slows down and all the people from Burien and south will quit using it as I35 to get into Seattle…

    Comment by Fritz — 11:51 am May 12, 2014 #

  18. UGH. I hope she’s ok. It’s been a bad weekend out there. The garage sale day meant every idiot in WS was on the road all at once on Saturday. I got stuck behind someone who went 15MPH all the way down California from junction to junction, literally stopping at each corner to look and see what sale might be near and allow all cross-traffic through. It created a massive hazard, and nobody could get around him. He was far from the only genius behind the wheel that day, but he was a great example of someone who had no business behind the wheel and should have parked and walked or pulled over to let the traffic pass.

    Whether or not this was related to the idiocy I saw on Saturday all over the road, I really wish people would pay some attention when driving. Even paying half attention would be better than what I was seeing.

    Comment by AG — 1:41 pm May 12, 2014 #

  19. Tracey, any update on the pedestrian that was hit?

    Thank you.

    Comment by amy — 3:33 pm May 12, 2014 #

  20. The woman and child were in the crosswalk, crossing Barton from the fruit stand towards the 7-11. The car was turning left onto Barton from 35th.

    The woman was in no condition to provide information. When I left, no one had yet managed to get information from the child or the woman’s phone. I’d like to know an update on the woman’s condition and whether they located family.

    Comment by Brenden — 4:17 pm May 12, 2014 #

  21. I can’t even find an incident # for this so my only hope is if any of my precinct contacts know. It was not a major incident, judging by factors including how fast the scene cleared, which generally means the injury was not life-threatening. So there just might not be that much on record.

    Comment by WSB — 4:21 pm May 12, 2014 #

  22. @j – a young woman with a toddler is hit by a car and it sends you spiraling into some kind of weird rant about the direction Seattle is heading. It’s almost as if anything can be made into an excuse to complain.

    Comment by Jason — 10:17 pm May 13, 2014 #

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