5:05 PM: Thanks for the tips. Avoid 35th and Avalon – big emergency response; we’re en route to find out what happened.
5:18 PM: We’re there. 35th is closed between Avalon and Fauntleroy and police are putting up scene tape. No one’s commenting yet on what happened.
5:21 PM: Lt. Steve Strand tells us that someone suffered major injuries, so the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on the way and that means this part of 35th is going to be closed for hours.
5:29 PM: SPD confirms a driver hit a pedestrian, who has been rushed to Harborview.
5:36 PM: SPD says the victim is a man and SFD says he’s “approximately 35 years old.” The driver stayed at the scene and has been talking with police.
6:04 PM: No further information. This SDOT traffic camera shows the scene from a distance if you want to check on the closure, which we of course will be doing too.
7:49 PM: Just went back to the scene to check; TCI is still working and told us it might be a couple more hours before they’re done and the street reopens. No word yet on the man’s condition.
8:46 PM: The street just reopened to traffic.
10:15 PM: The official SPD account:
Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are conducting the investigation following a serious injury vehicle/pedestrian collision in West Seattle Thursday evening.
Shortly before 5:00 pm, a 35-year-old man was attempting to cross 35th Avenue SW mid-block in the 4400 block when he was struck by a Nissan sedan travelling northbound on 35th. Patrol officers from the Southwest Precinct, along with Seattle Fire Department medics responded to the scene. Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
TCIS detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation and process the scene.
The adult driver of the Nissan remained at the scene. Per protocol, a DUI/Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the Nissan driver for any signs of impairment. No intoxication or impairment was detected, and the driver was allowed to leave after being interviewed by detectives.
35th Avenue SW was shut down for the investigation between Avalon and Fauntleroy for several hours but has since reopened to traffic. This remains an active and on-going investigation.