West Seattle, Washington
4:32 PM: Thanks to the texter who reports a crash involving a motorcycle rider in Fauntleroy. Seattle Fire units are logged as responding to a crash in the 4300 block of Brace Point Drive. We’re told they’re in the westbound lane. A witness tells us the rider is sitting up, alert, and talking with medics. But avoid the area if you can.
4:37 PM: All SFD units have now cleared the scene.
The last Seattle Fire unit has just left the scene of a collision between a bicyclist and driver on SW Bradford east of California SW (map). We’re told the bicyclist, about 18 years old, did not have life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital by private ambulance; the collision happened as he was emerging onto Bradford from an alley.
11:08 PM: Thanks to those who just called/texted about a crash near Fauntleroy/Juneau that has led to a police search. After crashing his vehicle into the construction site at that intersection, we’re told, the driver got out and ran – neighbors asked if he was OK but he apparently just kept running. One witness tells us he appeared to be in his 20s, about 5-10, possibly “Latino or Asian,” with a distinctive clothing detail – wearing a white #23 Nelson Cruz Mariners jersey.
11:37 PM: Just went over for a photo of the crash scene. The driver hasn’t been caught yet, an officer at the scene told us, also saying the car, which went through the fence along Fauntleroy, is not reported as stolen (a semi-common reason for abandoning it after a crash). He confirmed the Nelson Cruz jersey detail, too.
8:23 PM: Thanks for the tips – we’re headed to the reports of police and a helicopter in The Junction. More when we get there.
8:34 PM: It was the King Co. Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One, and they’ve tweeted that the call was a “possible robbery” at the 76 gas station north of The Junction.
8:39 PM: Police tell our photographer that they are questioning two people right now in connection with what started as a “disturbance.” It was reported as a “verbal disturbance” with the clerk at the gas station. NOT a robbery. No injuries. Guardian One was not called out specifically for this, police tell us – they just happened to be in the area and offered to help search if/as needed.
ADDED 10:28 AM FRIDAY: We requested the police-report narrative and have transcribed it below. (The names were redacted by SPD before releasing the narrative, which is standard procedure for both victim and suspect names in reports.)
Officers responded to the AD Food Mart/76 Station at 4001 California SW, for a report of a strong-arm robbery that had just occurred. The caller reported several suspects in a physical fight with the clerk. Radio also advised there was an open one and they heard what sounded like a slap and the RP cursing and “sounding scared.” The call was updated by Radio that 5 suspects were seen running in the area of California and Dakota. Arriving officers located a group of subjects running in the area of California and Dakota and were able to detain three of them. They reported that the other two suspects fled NB and WB from California/Dakota.
While officers continued to check the area and set up containment for a K9 track, the three detained suspects advised that they had not stolen anything and that the clerk had come at them with a bat. Additional responding officers were directed to the original scene to interview the clerk.
They later advised that there was a substantial language barrier, but they were able to determine that the clerk had recognized the suspects from a previous incident, where items were stolen and a rock was thrown at a store window, causing damage. He reported that the boys had come in the store and became hostile with him when he told them to leave. He said they began yelling and cursing at him. He further reported that one of the suspects had spit on him and that one of them also hit a rock against the window after leaving and then pulled his hand back as if he was going to throw the rock at him through the window.
The victim (name redacted) was transported to the location of the detained suspects for a show-up. He positively identified one of the males (name redacted) as the suspect who spat on him. He also positively identified one of the males (name redacted) as the suspect who had hit the rock against the window and threatened to throw it at the victim. The third male suspect (name redacted) was positively identified by the victim as having been in the store and cursing at the victim, but that was all.
When advised that the victim had identified him as the suspect who had spit on him, (redacted) denied the incident and said the victim might have mistaken him for one of the at-large suspects, who he said looks just like him. (redacted) stated he knew the suspect by the name (redacted) and that he knew him from the Hiawatha Community Center. (redacted) stated they look similar and have the same hairstyle. (redacted) identified the other at-large suspect as a boy he knows as (redacted), also from the Hiawatha Community Center.
After it was determined that a robbery had not occurred, a K-9 track was not conducted. The outstanding suspects were not located.
The report concludes by saying that all three of the juveniles who were detained were turned over to the father of two of them (the mother of the third asked him to bring her son home), and that a sergeant “screened the incident and arrests at the scene.”
3:49 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a sizable “rescue” response to a crash reported at Olson Place/Cambridge Place [map]. More to come.
4:05 PM: Just arriving in the area. Police have Olson blocked at Roxbury.
4:14 PM: Added a photo of one of the two cars involved – the other is on the road itself. We are told one person is being taken to the hospital. While the east/northbound lanes remain closed, one lane is open coming uphill (south/westbound).
10:58 PM: Though the original callout was at 10:10 pm, we’ve just received multiple tips that a crash is still blocking Fauntleroy/Oregon. We’re off to look.
11:26 PM: SFD was gone – we’ll have to ask tomorrow about injuries (from the incident log, doesn’t look like anyone was taken to the hospital by medic unit) – and two vehicles had been moved to the sides of the road, both in the process of being towed, so the scene should be clearing.
1:38 PM: Thanks for the tip: A sizable “heavy rescue” Seattle Fire response has been sent to 35th and Morgan. Details to come.
1:45 PM: Per scanner, at least one person from this crash is being transported by medic unit. There might be a second victim.
1:50 PM: Adding a photo. Police tell us at the scene that the driver apparently hit a bus – which is pulled over further north on 35th, by the car wash. Avoid the area. A second medic unit was dispatched, so we’re trying to find out more about the second reported victim.
2:03 PM: The Housing Authority van above also is reported to have been hit by the driver of the car shown above. In all, fire/police at the scene tell us that 4 people are hurt – 2 are going/have gone to Harborview by SFD medic unit, one is going to a hospital via private ambulance (AMR), and the fourth person is refusing medical assistance so far. Police say the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is coming out, and that means the intersection is likely to be closed for a few hours – they’re taping it off right now.
3:16 PM: Photo above shows TCI investigators just after they arrived at the scene. We’ll be checking back in about half an hour to see if it’s still closed. Metro has finally sent an alert for the Route 21 reroute – “Use stops south of SW Holden or north of SW Alaska.” (Added: Here are some additional 21 details.)
3:41 PM: And Metro has just sent Route 128 reroute information: “Use stops on SW Orchard east of Delridge Way or on California SW north of SW Holden.”
4:12 PM: Intersection still closed, wrecked vehicle still there. We will check back in another half-hour.
5:10 PM: We are back at 35th/Morgan. Tow trucks are hooking up to the car and van.
Should be clear before too long. Meantime, SFD tells us a man and woman were taken to the hospital, both in stable condition.
5:47 PM: Just checked again – 35th/Morgan has reopened.
3:32 PM: Big Seattle Fire “heavy rescue” response is on the way to 35th SW/SW 108th in Arbor Heights. More to come.
3:36 PM: Per scanner, the person in the vehicle is OK and the response is being downsized.
3:48 PM: SFD is also at the scene of another Arbor Heights crash, 39th/98th, and we’ll have our crew check on that one too.
4 PM: Thanks to Brent Lindblom for sending a photo from 35th/108th, added above. (He talked to the driver before authorities arrived and says, “He apparently had a dizzy spell and hit the light post.”) Our crew also has briefly stopped there and verified that the driver was not hurt; the road will be clear once the truck is towed. We’re on the way now to the other crash scene.
4:10 PM: Two cars collided at 39th/98th, and a woman had to be extricated from the Toyota in the photo above, we’ve been told at the scene. She was taken to a hospital by private ambulance.
Emergency responders have been busy with crashes today – this is the third one we’ve covered, more than we cover in an entire week much of the time. This is Beach Drive SW just south of Jacobsen Road; police/fire at the scene told us the driver who went through a fence and into a yard said he lost control after feeling “lightheaded,” and wasn’t sure what happened. He’s being taken to the hospital by private ambulance. (Thanks to the person who called to let us know about this.)
1:35 PM: Thanks for the texts – we are on our way to check on an emergency response at Fauntleroy and Edmunds, possibly involving a pedestrian. Avoid the area.
1:50 PM: This is described to us at the scene as a “low-speed” incident. The driver hit the pedestrian as he was crossing Fauntleroy westbound on the north side of the intersection. The pedestrian was not seriously hurt but is being taken to a hospital by private ambulance to be checked out. SFD is clearing the scene and it should reopen to traffic shortly.
8:06 AM: Thanks for the texts/calls. Seattle Fire has sent a big “heavy rescue” response to 20th/Holden [map]. More to come.
8:10 AM: Most of the units have been canceled. Caller says a vehicle went into someone’s yard. Our crew will be there shortly to find out.
8:24 AM: Added a photo. We’re told the driver kept going west at 20th/Holden where the road itself stops for a slope, just north of the stairway, and landed in a parking area by some residences downslope. He was taken to a hospital by private ambulance.
8:12 PM: Seattle Fire and Police are on their way to a crash reported to have injured a motorcycle rider in the 900 block of SW Holden, west of Highland Park Way [map]. Dispatch radio indicates this was reported as a hit-run with a driver having left the scene. More as we get it.
8:17 PM: The crash is now described as closer to 11th SW/Holden, blocking eastbound Holden in that area, and a private ambulance is being dispatched, suggesting non-life-threatening injuries.
8:29 PM: Police at the scene confirm that the rider, described only as male, is being taken to the hospital by an AMR ambulance, and that they are looking for a hit-run driver in connection with the crash. No description so far.
Thanks for the texted tip: A man was taken to the hospital after that crash at 13th SW and SW Henderson in Highland Park. Police say he is the driver of the black car and suffered injuries including a broken leg after crashing into the parked RV on the north side of SW Henderson. The cause remains under investigation; the weather is rainy as well as windy and was a full-on downpour while we were at the scene.
9:10 PM: Thanks to Cami for the tip: All those sirens are for an “automobile rescue” response in the 2300 block of Alki, which is blocked at Bonair. More to come.
9:14 PM: Cami also sent the photo added above. Two-car crash.
9:28 PM: And Cami reports a third damaged car. Meantime, SFD has closed the call, meaning all its units have left the scene.
6:57 AM: See comments for discussion and witness reports. The DUI arrest is confirmed via Tweets by Beat. We’re following up this morning for reports from SPD and SFD.
9:25 AM: Continuing to procure followup information this morning – SFD confirms that no one was taken to the hospital. Spokesperson Lt. Harold Webb says three people were evaluated, including the male driver and female passenger in the original car (who declined further medical attention), and a passenger in one car that was apparently “sideswiped” (the only two cars described as occupied, in the SFD report).
10:07 AM: Just talked to SPD spokesperson Det. Mark Jamieson. He says the final tally of vehicles involved was six, including the one whose 27-year-old driver was cited. That car (described in the police report as a 2015 Toyota Scion) hit a parked Camry “at a high rate of speed” northbound on Alki, so fast that the Camry was flipped, and it in turn, police say, hit the other cars. The driver was not booked into jail; the citation, according to Seattle Municipal Court, is for a misdemeanor violation logged as “person under the influence of intoxicants/drugs.”
2:39 PM: Thanks for the tip – The “heavy rescue” call in the 1500 block of Harbor Avenue SW (updated address) in the Don Armeni Boat Ramp area is for a flipped car, according to a caller. Avoid the area for now. More to come.
2:48 PM: This is now described as a flipped car vs. a parked car. No word on injuries so far.
3:05 PM: Just added a photo from WSB’s Christopher Boffoli at the scene. Meantime, SFD is dismissing all units that are still on the call, except for Ladder 11. He reports that a woman driving a Prius northbound on Harbor hit a parked Mini Cooper; she appears to have a hand injury but otherwise appears OK. The medic unit was also dismissed from the call, further confirming no serious injuries.
3:24 PM: One more photo added. As noted in comments, we don’t know the circumstances, but if we find out anything more, we’ll update.
3:54 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a “rescue response” to the scene of a reported multiple-vehicle crash in the 3700 block of West Marginal Way SW. We’re on the way to find out more.
3:57 PM: Looks like no major injuries – most of the SFD units, including the medic units, have been dismissed.
4:09 PM: Our crew confirms no serious injuries and no impact on traffic in the area.
7:41 AM: Photo added. The vehicle that went sideways is a car2go Smart Fortwo car. Two people were inside, our crew has learned at the scene, and both got out OK, no injuries. At least one parked car is damaged.
7:52 AM: Another photo. Tow truck has already arrived and SFD has left so the street should be clear before long.
In case you were wondering about the police/fire response at California/Edmunds, given other incidents there recently … this is *not* a crime investigation. Police tell us they were called because of a “person in crisis.” They determined she was not physically injured but called in a private ambulance to take her for an evaluation.
Thanks to Stephanie for the photo and tip about a crash in the 1900 block of Harbor Avenue SW. While sideways or upside-down crashes are often dispatched as “rescue” calls, this one was not, according to the 911 log, which shows SFD has already closed out the call, with no medic unit sent, so apparently no serious injuries.
10:36 PM: Big police/fire response arriving in the 40th/Alaska area for a reported stabbing. More to come.
10:45 PM: The location has been changed on the SFD log to Fauntleroy/Alaska.
10:59 PM: We’ve talked with police at the scene. The victim has minor injuries. The weapon is believed to have been a screwdriver or something similar. They have taken one person into custody for questioning. What exactly happened and why, they are still trying to sort out, from multiple witness stories.
If you’ve been wondering about the police and fire response near Admiral Way and 42nd – and/or the subsequent police response at California and Spokane – sorry for the delay, it took a while to sort out exactly what this is about.
The southernmost scene (photo above) is where police took one person into custody in connection with what was reported to be an assault near the northernmost scene (photo below).
A Seattle Fire crew apparently was among those who witnessed the assault, which police say is believed to be a case of domestic violence, and did not result in major injuries, but initial concern led to a dispatch for both police and fire on a “fast backup” basis.
We mentioned the 8:45 am emergency response at California/Hanford in this morning’s traffic coverage – the location drew concern because of its proximity to West Seattle High School. While the scene was cleared by both SFD and SPD relatively quickly, turns out that WSB’s Christopher Boffoli had checked it out and tells us that police confirmed a pedestrian was hit by a driver but was not seriously hurt and did not require treatment. (Added) SFD’s public-information office says the victim was a teenage girl and was given a ride home by police.