UPDATE: King County deputy hits pedestrian at Roxbury/8th

5:37 PM: A crash has Roxbury blocked at 8th SW. We’re on our way to find out more.


5:51 PM: Photo added. Deputies at the scene aren’t commenting except to say that one person has been taken to the hospital. Their major crash-investigation unit is responding, so Roxbury is likely to be blocked here for a few hours. Some southbound traffic on 8th SW is getting through, though, our crew says.

6:01 PM: Sgt. Cindi West from KCSO confirms that this is a crash involving a deputy hitting a pedestrian. The pedestrian – male, adult – has been taken to Harborview but Sgt. West says his injuries are not believed to be serious; the transport is precautionary, and the crash investigators are coming to the scene because of the deputy involvement. Also, a traffic update from our crew: Westbound traffic on Roxbury is being diverted; the outside eastbound lane is open.

9:27 PM: We weren’t able to go back to check until now, but we’ve confirmed the intersection is completely clear.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Sgt. West says the 65-year-old man who was hit was released from the hospital last night. Here’s how KCSO says it happened: “The deputy was northbound on 8 Ave SW and was stopped at the red light at Roxbury. When the light turned green he waited for traffic to clear so he could make a left turn to go westbound on Roxbury. The pedestrian was in the cross walk on the west side of the intersection crossing from south to north. The man had just reached the first westbound lane when he was hit by the bumper of the police vehicle making the left turn. The northbound light was green and the status of the pedestrian crossing light is unknown.”

She says the deputy was in an unmarked SUV, estimated to have been going 10 mph or less when he hit the pedestrian.

13 Replies to "UPDATE: King County deputy hits pedestrian at Roxbury/8th"

  • AMD October 31, 2016 (5:55 pm)

    Is the helicopter overhead related to the accident?

  • miws October 31, 2016 (5:57 pm)

    Is one of the news choppers buzzing the area? 

    Couldn’t see it, but have been hearing that sounds low and close, and perhaps just SE of 9000 block 16th.


  • AJP October 31, 2016 (5:59 pm)

    Helicopter now, can’t see if it’s news or sheriff. 

  • Anna October 31, 2016 (6:00 pm)

    Lots of medics and gear out on the road, made me wonder if a pedestrian got hit.

  • miws October 31, 2016 (6:01 pm)

    Yep, apparently so. KOMO is showing a shot from “Air 4”.


    • WSB October 31, 2016 (6:27 pm)

      Yes, the helicopter was just TV. No need for Guardian One if there’s not a suspect search, etc.

  • Mike October 31, 2016 (8:50 pm)

    Yikes, hope the pedestrian is ok.  Dash cam footage should have captured it and is public property

  • Heather October 31, 2016 (10:20 pm)

    Hi everyone. I was at the scene of this accident this evening. You can see my dark green van in the Komo pictures and I just want to say that the gentleman that was hit was injured, most likely seriously. The police cruiser hit him.  He hit his head on the hood and then was thrown into the street where he hit his head again. He was complaining of severe hip pain and my best guess as a Layman is that he broke his hip. I sat with him until an ambulance arrived. Not sure why it’s being reported that he wasn’t seriously injured. He’s 65 years old and was not in good shape. Just wanted to correct any misconceptions.

    • WSB October 31, 2016 (10:43 pm)

      Thank you for the update. We reported that because that’s what KCSO told us, and it is attributed as such, and that’s the only source of information we have – without a name, we can’t even ask the hospital for a condition. Also, “serious” means different things to different people, compared to critical, compared to life-threatening, so just because they said “not serious” doesn’t mean they were saying “minor.” Anyway, I’ll be talking with KCSO again tomorrow and also checking with SFD, since it looks like that’s who handled the medic response. I hope the gentleman is getting good treatment and recovering as we speak – TR

  • Chuxk October 31, 2016 (11:25 pm)

    Heather–thanks for being so caring. I’m sure it meant everything to the man and his family. Hope he makes a full recovery!

  • WestCake November 1, 2016 (10:08 am)

    Even with a name, no hospital should be releasing someone’s condition that is a patient there. They should not even be releasing if a person is in fact a patient of that hospital.

    • WSB November 1, 2016 (10:23 am)

      Under federal HIPAA law, which went into effect more than a decade ago, patients/families have the right to have all information kept private. Or not.

  • WSB November 1, 2016 (4:15 pm)

    Good news, which I am adding to the story … KCSO says the pedestrian was released from the hospital overnight. 

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