Update: 35th closed 3+ hours after car hits man near Camp Long

(video of traffic detour added 10:41 pm)
Just got a text message that 35th is blocked at Dawson (map). 911 log says it’s a medic response, “7 per rule,” which signifies generally that a major injury is involved or suspected. En route to find out more. 9:25 PM UPDATE: On the south side of this incident, 35th is actually blocked off at Brandon (map) – that’s where police are turning people around. This is near Camp Long. 9:30 PM UPDATE: Just got word from Karen, who lives nearby, that it’s a car vs. pedestrian crash. 9:38 PM UPDATE: The person who was hit has been taken to the hospital already. Our person at the scene is trying to find out more about the circumstances of the collision. At least one TV crew is there too and we’re told a Seattle Police lieutenant will be briefing media shortly. 9:55 PM UPDATE: The area is blocked off as a crime scene; still awaiting those briefing details. We have no confirmation yet on the victim’s condition; depending on how seriously the victim was hurt, you can expect 35th to be closed for some hours to come. The last deadly crash on 35th was last fall, when 85-year-old Oswald Clement was hit and killed crossing at 35th/Othello near the fire station (WSB coverage included this story about a tribute to Mr. Clement’s remarkable life). The last deadly pedestrian crash anywhere in West Seattle was the one in February near Westwood Village that killed 55-year-old Teri Soike (WSB followup here). 10:12 PM UPDATE: OK, here’s the official info from Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Smith: The pedestrian is a man around 40 years old, hit by a car when he ran out into the street chasing after his dog. He has head injuries but that’s the only information police will provide on his condition. The driver who hit him is apparently not hurt. The dog is reportedly OK. Police say more investigators are on the way and there’s no indication how long 35th will remain closed. Adding scene video momentarily. Will check back on the situation in the hours to come. 10:53 PM UPDATE: Added video – the clip at the top of this post shows where police are redirecting traffic (the vehicle involved in the crash, a silver SUV, was out of view at the time); this next clip is Lt. Smith talking about what happened, with a few more details:

We’ll let you know when 35th reopens. 11:38 PM UPDATE: Still closed, in case you were wondering. 12:28 AM UPDATE: Just a few minutes ago, the SUV was towed, the police cars cleared, and 35th reopened in both directions. Getting an update on the victim’s condition from hereon out may be difficult, but we will see what we can find out in the morning. 1:04 AM UPDATE: Lt. Smith tells us there’s no major update on the victim’s condition, aside from the description of his injuries as “extensive.”

16 Replies to "Update: 35th closed 3+ hours after car hits man near Camp Long"

  • Cathy August 10, 2008 (9:24 pm)

    I believe a man was hit by a car while crossing 35th.

  • Cathy August 10, 2008 (9:35 pm)

    We live on 36th and people are currently using our street since 35th was blocked. People are driving recklessly on our street tonight….amazing what people can do to arrive to their destination.

  • Art Garcia Cuellar August 10, 2008 (10:04 pm)

    I have tried to get the city of Seattle to place a cross walk across 35th from Camp Long, but they claim that they (the city) did a study and it was not cost effective. I dont know how many times I have seen my neighbors try to cross 35th and almost get hit. Once again people who either ride a bike or walk are on the losing end.

    5243 35th ave sw

  • Linda August 10, 2008 (10:17 pm)

    I just came down 35th coming home from work, 10pm. Lots of people going down 36th and I will agree, driving very badly. Take another route if at all possible.

  • sassy August 10, 2008 (11:07 pm)

    We are thinking about you. Hope all is well in the morning.

  • LyndaB August 10, 2008 (11:20 pm)

    What a sad situation. Prayers to all. We’re just blocks away from there.

  • Ed August 11, 2008 (3:25 am)

    Once again the people of West Seattle show their quality. A big thank you to all of the citizens & witnesses who tried to render aid until the arrival of SFD/SPD. Folks like you remind me what the value of the word “neighborhood” really means.

  • k August 11, 2008 (7:07 am)

    my thoughts go out to the driver, as well. it’s an awful thing.

  • Vanessa C. August 11, 2008 (9:47 am)

    With out a doubt, people drive way too fast.I drive the speed limit and get passed left and right. I have renamed our local thru-ways: I-35, the Fauntleroy Freeway (ferry freaks) and the Admiral Speedway. I wish the police had more time to hand out “free” on these roads.

  • Vanessa C. August 11, 2008 (9:48 am)

    oops, “free” tickets, I meant to say.And my prayers go to the people involved in this accident.

  • miws August 11, 2008 (12:32 pm)

    Sending healing thoughts. Glad “puppy” is ok.


  • mrs. August 11, 2008 (8:01 pm)

    has anyone heard how the man is?

  • a friend August 11, 2008 (10:08 pm)

    The man passed away monday morning. He was a great man, a great father and a good friend. He will be missed by all.

  • WSB August 11, 2008 (10:12 pm)

    Thank you, “friend.” I just had some other information that the victim had not made it – and then checked the King County Medical Examiner’s list of deaths investigated by midafternoon today, on which this gentleman is listed. Will be posting atop the page. Please extend our condolences to his family and friends. — TR @ WSB

  • M August 12, 2008 (10:09 am)

    I’ve had the same experience with my dog darting out onto Holden. I use a leash of course, but at times little dogs will dart out the door before you can catch them. Thank god we have been lucky. I’m so sad that this man died trying to save his puppy.

  • a friend August 14, 2008 (4:28 pm)

    So sad. My condolences to his family and friends.

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