Driver to be charged in 47th/Admiral death

As noted and spiritedly discussed here 2 weeks ago, the driver who hit and killed City Council staffer Tatsuo Nakata at 47th/Admiral last November won’t face felony charges, but there’s a new development – the city has decided to charge him with misdemeanor assault.

4 Replies to "Driver to be charged in 47th/Admiral death"

  • Ginger Rodgers April 13, 2007 (2:47 pm)

    KIRO TV interviewed my husband this AM for a segment on how the new bulb is working.
    My opinion – it’s not – stroller with baby and I were almost hit a few days ago even with a flag and this is not the first time cars just cruise on by.

  • robert April 13, 2007 (7:21 pm)

    I drive this street often and can honestly ask (since I never slowed long enough to see what work was being done) what exactly WAS done and how WAS safety supposedly increased? And what did this work cost us? It seems to me that money was thrown at this AFTER something horrible happened and perhaps it wasn’t money well spent. Why not put a traffic light here that a pedestrian can activate? That might at least give people more of a chance when facing speeding drivers, cell-phone users, etc.

  • Admiral Resident April 14, 2007 (10:00 am)

    I stood at this corner yesterday as several cars cruised through, one very fast talking on his cell phone. In fact, I couldn’t cross until a police officer pulled up and stopped for me. Unfortunately it looked like he wasn’t on his way to ticket any of the offenders. I look both ways continuously as I cross, and I can’t imagine ever letting my kids cross there. I’ll send them up to California.

  • 47th Ave Resident April 14, 2007 (6:47 pm)

    I live just south of this intersection on 47th and take the right on to Admiral every morning on the way to work. It’s hard enough to take a right, a left turn is nearly suicidal. I think a traffic light for pedestrians is a great idea, but I also they should paint the curb red to the west of the intersection on the south side of Admiral for at least half a block. Not allowing parking in this area would greatly make pedestrians more visible to drivers and make turning into traffic much much safer.

Sorry, comment time is over.