Driver taken to hospital after crashing into parked RV

(WSB photo)

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.

30 Replies to "Driver taken to hospital after crashing into parked RV"

  • flimflam April 7, 2017 (7:05 pm)

    looks pretty big to be parked legally on the street.

    • NotOnHolden April 7, 2017 (9:35 pm)

      Right?  Just say no to RV’s… the parking job is obviously at fault here.  Thank god this RV wasn’t a kid, a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a smaller vehicle.  I wonder what rate of speed this car was traveling at  to hit something with such force that they suffered a broken leg?  Can’t wait for all the details on this one!

    • AJP April 7, 2017 (10:22 pm)

      It’s been there for years. Moves around once in a while, but always comes back. There’s also a large group of crappy old cars parked up and down nearby, I think they belong together but I can’t confirm.

    • Chemist April 8, 2017 (6:19 am)

      The width limit for overnight, on-street parking in a non- manufacturing/industrial area is 80 inches.  Of course, writing a ticket between midnight and 6 am for a non-life-threatening event is another matter. 

  • Marianne April 7, 2017 (9:08 pm)

    And it has been parked there forever… Hope the driver of the black car recovers quickly.

  • North of Admiral April 7, 2017 (9:29 pm)

    The cone indicates the RV planned to be parked there a while.
    The car seems to have hit the back of the RV almost direct on, not like a near miss. Ouch.

  • ktrapp April 7, 2017 (11:39 pm)

    The RV is pretty much in the same spot in the streetview of Google Maps.  Of course, there’s always the possibility of other factors in play, but it’s not exactly hard to see that thing a mile away, coming from the East on Henderson.  And it’s not like it looks to be out in the road any further than it is on Google.  The way the driver hit it head on, he was pretty much riding the curb himself.  Seems like that’s getting near to hitting a broad side of a barn level crash.

  • happywalker April 8, 2017 (5:58 am)

    Yes, that RV hasn’t been moved in over a year.  There are at least 8-10 old broken down cars/trucks that also belong to the guy that owns the RV.  Leads to a dangerous corner coming down 13th trying to turn onto Henderson.  You can’t see around it to check for traffic. I avoid that corner because of the unsafe and illegally parked RV there blocking you view.  He plays “musical cars” with the city and moves the old cars every now and then to avoid getting ticketed. The oversized RV never moves… The City has GOT to know the game by now.  He’s been playing it for years. That area around his house on the corner 13th and also on Henderson would look so much better without his “toys” parked illegally and trashing that area. Why he gets away with it, only the Abandoned Vehicle Dept knows.

    • Sunuva April 8, 2017 (2:19 pm)

      A concerned neighbor or two need to start calling it in every 3 days. If the police have to come ticket this guy a few times, something would hopefully get done.

  • wetone April 8, 2017 (7:27 am)

    I believe that RV was damaged on same side/area a year or two ago.

  • Rapidrotary1 April 8, 2017 (7:58 am)

    I believe that same RV was hit about 2 years ago parked in the same spot. There was also a second car involved in the accident with the Camaro which was not shown in the photo.

  • nachobeaver April 8, 2017 (9:01 am)

    i was laughing last night as i drove past this.. because that rv has been rearended like 3 times now in the past year

  • Matt April 8, 2017 (9:03 am)

    Of course it’s the RVs fault or maybe it was the rain, or it coulda been the wind right?  It definitely wasn’t that the driver wasn’t paying attention or on their phone cause that never causes crashes or at least it’s never reported that way.   Cell phone use is so rampant, I’ve resorted to giving other drivers the hang up signal.  It’s really frustrating doing that at a light and the cell phone user doesn’t care and neither does anyone around them.   People these days just bury their head in the sand, I guess it’s normal now that people care AFTER something tragic happens. 

  • d April 8, 2017 (9:06 am)

    The city should stop harassing that poor guy with the old cars he obviously can’t afford brand new ones like you guys they’re obviously tabed otherwise they’d be full of parking tickets so he paid the same tax to park on the street that you guys did so he has just as much right since when has it been a crime to be poor this man’s property was damaged hopefully the person in the crash is  ok but also hopefully they have insurance to cover this man’s damages he obviously isn’t it rolling in the dough like you guys

    • Mark Schletty April 8, 2017 (10:23 am)

      There is a 72 hour parking limit on every Seattle street. That law applies no matter how much money you have. Our streets are not legal for long term vehicle storage.

    • Alki Resident April 8, 2017 (12:05 pm)

      Quotation marks do wonders.

    • Sunuva April 8, 2017 (2:22 pm)

      This has to be a joke, right? The lack of punctuation, plus standing up for someone breaking the law because something about rich people with nice cars? I don’t get it. This guy is breaking the parking laws without any punishment, and that giant RV parked so close to the intersection is an obvious hazard. It has been hit before, and now somebody is injured. The RV owner should be ticketed repeatedly until he’s forced to find a legal solution to all his vehicles.

  • d April 8, 2017 (10:58 am)

    Yep and the city of Seattle should actually enforce that rule to everybody not just the old cars everybody a lot of tax dollars go to parking enforcement

  • Robert April 8, 2017 (11:13 am)

    The R.V. Is to blame? I used to live on 13th right there and that thing is an eyesore, but it’s not their fault it got hit. That car would have hit a smart car parked there. Unfortunate for both parties and I hope the driver recovers. Stuff happens.

  • Sunuva April 8, 2017 (2:15 pm)

    Ok, normally hitting a parked vehicle is pretty plainly easy to blame on the driver, not the parked vehicle. That said, this giant eyesore of an RV should not be “stored” on the street, and should be parked further away from the intersection, preferably in a private off-street space. As people have noted above, it has been hit before IN THE SAME SPOT! I’m not saying the driver isn’t at fault, but that giant RV needs a giant PRIVATE parking spot, or the owner needs to get rid of it. Parking it indefinitely on the street, especially that close to an intersection is obviously a hazard, not to mention it is breaking the 72 hour max parking law we all have to abide to. Move it or lose it buddy!

  • DRW April 8, 2017 (2:42 pm)

    Yes the RV has been parked there for a long time. I live by 18th and Henderson. Theres another red van thats been parked forever with cones marking it. But look at that damage to the Camaro. I hear cars scream along 18th. Theres that little rise between 18th and 20th that creates a blind spot. Im just waiting for the big one. Slow down!

  • Momosmom April 8, 2017 (3:15 pm)

    These comments just make me laugh… why should the owner of this RV move or get rid of it and why should the City or the Police do anything about it when they don’t do anything about the homeless RV’s that are parked all over Seattle?!?!? You all say there’s a 72 hour maximum parking law OMG I’m rolling on the floor hysterically laughing now!!!!!
    You all just complain about everything and anything…

    • WSB April 8, 2017 (5:46 pm)

      Seattle Municipal Court records show two citations in the past 2 1/2 years, one in November 2014 and one in November 2016. We went by this afternoon to see if it was still there and to get the plate so I could cross-reference out of curiosity, and that’s what the SMC records show. The full citations aren’t listed but one is a 72-hour-rule violation that carried a fine, paid, of $69. The older citation was listed in the system as “commercial vehicle” with a paid $47 fine. Both in the 1300 block of SW Henderson. -TR

    • Sunuva April 9, 2017 (10:07 am)

      I’m not sure what is so hilarious about it, but glad you are enjoying yourself. Yes, the people camping in RVs under the bridge (and all manner of other places) should also be removed. Many of us have said as much on the threads about those RVs as well. In general, I am just getting fed up with laws not being enforced, especially when they cause unsafe situations. The people camping in RVs under the bridge are a much bigger problem than this one, but I can still have an opinion about both situations.

  • Momosmom April 9, 2017 (4:38 pm)

    What I found so funny is that everyone complains about everything and anything on this blog, it could had been a fly flying in circles and someone would of had something to complain about it.  This person that owns this RV is YES probably an eyesore of a neighbor  with all the cars and all BUT I guess if they must complain they must complain.

    • Sunuva April 9, 2017 (8:13 pm)

      Flies flying in circles, while annoying, are not breaking any laws. There is a law in this city that the max time a vehicle can be parked in the same spot on city streets is 72 hours. It may sound silly, but it is there for reasons just like this. It could also be useful in getting all those RV campers across the city on their way. It seems to me that you just wanted to come on here to trivialize other people’s concerns that you don’t understand or agree with.

      • WSB April 9, 2017 (8:28 pm)

        Here is the city page about the 72-hour rule as well as a mention of RV parking.

        What I can’t find, even in the fine print, is how long a vehicle has to be on the move before it can return and park for another 72 hours. There is also the mention that an RV or semitruck should not be parking on the street in the early-morning hours. All you can do is just keep reporting what you believe to be an illegal situation. Don’t assume someone else has.

  • Momosmom April 9, 2017 (8:50 pm)

    Can we please not personally attack each other but rather calmly or passionaterly state our viewpoints? We should all be working towards solutions not just trying to “win” an opinion war.

    So I guess the word funny was the wrong word to use but it just seems as though a lot of commenters just complain and complain but nothing ever gets done or should i say accomplished by the complaints so I “thought it funny” 

    And if there is that 72 hour law then why is nothing done?

    • Sunuva April 9, 2017 (9:51 pm)

      Okay, no problem. I agree to maintain civility. At least now I think we have something to agree on… 

      And if there is that 72 hour law then why is nothing done?”

      That is the root of the problem. We have all these laws on the books that people can willfully ignore or that are enforced unequally. My car was towed a few years ago in North Seattle because of the 72 hour law, so my perception is that this law is only enforced when it’s convenient. My car was new, clean, well-maintained, and parked on the street in front of my house while I was away on vacation. I found out later that there was a neighbor across the street who obsessively called the police about every parking infraction he could see out his window. In this case, the squeaky wheel got the grease. So, I just can’t understand why in other cases people can get away with it for months or years on end. Especially when it comes to the RVs that people are living in, potentially causing a danger to our community. I would like to see the law enforced equally, or I start to question why the law exists or why anyone should follow it at all.

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