UPDATE: Harbor Avenue closed after stolen-car crash

1:22 PM: Police are reporting via radio communication that Harbor Avenue SW is closed both ways in the 2100 block because of a crash. This has drawn a heavier-than-usual police response because people were reported to have fled the scene after crashing into parked cars. Officers say they have two people in custody. They’re calling SFD medics because one may be hurt. Avoid the area.

1:26 PM: Also per radio communication, the car that was being driven in the crash is reported to have been stolen, in Tukwila.

1:56 PM: Photo added atop the story. The car in the foreground, which is about to be towed, is the stolen car; the one in the background is the one it hit. This is right by the entrance to Jack Block Park. Police tell us both people in custody are “adult males”; this happened after the car already had attracting their attention and they were trying to get the driver to pull over – he instead hit the other car and he and a passenger bolted, but were quickly taken into custody. They hope to have the street cleared and reopened within a half-hour or so.

3:28 PM: SDOT says Harbor cleared around the too of the hour.

MONDAY UPDATE: We followed up with SPD. The driver, 18, remains in King County Jail for investigation of stolen-property possession and attempted eluding. The passenger, 17, was questioned and released to his family.

MONDAY NIGHT NOTE: The driver’s bail was set today at $20,000

21 Replies to "UPDATE: Harbor Avenue closed after stolen-car crash"

  • West Seattle Hipster March 24, 2019 (3:55 pm)

    Excellent work by SPD for apprehending the suspects.  Their hard work is appreciated.

  • Ws prayers March 24, 2019 (4:38 pm)

    They were not adult males they were teenagers. …out of control!! Grand theft auto in real life-they are both lucky to be alive walking away from this crash….any parents that read this please-hear me when I give advice.   do not allow ur kids to play that stupid video game-literally …reality is so much worse -shocking to say the least…much to pay and answer for this on top of the accident… a parents worse nightmare could have been worse praying ….is all I can do -and it is a testimony of God’s Grace and Mercy….it so could have been so much worse 

    • WSB March 24, 2019 (4:50 pm)

      “Adult males” is what the police told our crew. That would cover 18 and up. Won’t be able to even request the report to doublecheck until tomorow.

      • Ws prayers March 24, 2019 (5:01 pm)

        I know the parent of the passenger he is 17 yrs old 

        • Rick March 24, 2019 (7:32 pm)

          But he should be able to vote at 16.

          • Bob March 24, 2019 (10:14 pm)

            He should not be able to vote 16.

    • Mike March 24, 2019 (5:26 pm)

      do not allow ur kids to play that stupid video game-literally”  You’ve got to be kidding me.  The only reality that’s shocking is the crazy world so many people live in that they blame games rather than people lacking self control and responsibility in life.  Car theft existed for nearly a century before video games ever had a car in them.  Car accidents existed for nearly a century before video games ever had a car in them.  Driving out of control existed for nearly a century before video games ever had a car in them.

      • Ws prayers March 24, 2019 (7:39 pm)

        I’m so sorry….I actually grew up in a world without those video games ….so grateful.for it because guess what? The presin who Is a mother to this child never agreed to those kind of games…literally confronted her son about hey living out the real grand theft auto game egh-he responded no mom….it was much worse….than what those video game portray-until u have a child who had had this kind of experience-do not judge-and please….hear the voice of advice from the heart of their parent-it’s an eye opener-never expected it to be played out in real life but ….the parelell to this game is unreal 

    • just wondering March 24, 2019 (7:20 pm)

      Why is it God’s doing?  Where is their accountability?

  • Findlay March 24, 2019 (4:50 pm)

    I’m sure that they be released before the day is out…

    • WSB March 24, 2019 (5:30 pm)

      For car theft, generally not.

  • Fred March 24, 2019 (5:45 pm)

    Ah, Summer on the beach.

    • Maynerd March 24, 2019 (10:01 pm)

      It’s March.

      • Bea March 25, 2019 (12:39 pm)


  • Golden girl March 24, 2019 (7:51 pm)

    Well my experience when my daughters car was totaled by 17 year olds driving a stolen truck they were drunk hit my parked car in front of my house  fled the scene were caught and  absolutely nothing was done, zero accountability. Police drove one of the”kids” home. Never got even an apology from the kids or their parents. My daughter worked very hard to purchase that carthe system does  zip,,you can’t go after parents since the identity of the “kids” is protected.  Cost usdeductible which I never recouped. And the value of the car was hard to replace it with another vehicle Weeks of hasssels and “kids” never learned a lesson that’s the saddest part, oh but I’m sure they are now upstanding adults. Ha! 

  • Ws prayers March 25, 2019 (12:30 am)

    I am the patent ok….of the passenger I follow this blog -I am a single mother in tjis community and please I know….I feel the judgement I sure do-I just saw the post of another stolen car thay was chased into arbor heights -that happend to end much worse than this…or did it?? All I can say…is it is not God’s fault I’m not tryin to place blame on anyone other than myself (I still have no idea how I could have been a better mom honestly… I have given my all in parenting)…however I do pray I believe in God I beleive in His Will and His Plans ans that is why I pray…and why I can’t ans won’t stop praying….our youth our kids our society our community needs our prayers-we need support we need each other we don’t need the judgement sure if u have suggestions for me great! Please I will absolutely welcome them….this is not the west seattle I grew up in…it’s not ever what I wanted my kid to be a part of or to become he is Going to face punishment I promise you….I will keep u updated let you all know how the law worked….I will make sure of i no catch and release for this kid I promise you….he will learn anr never be a passenger in a real life grand theft auto again ever 

  • Jim P. March 25, 2019 (11:27 am)

    it would seem, according to some, that there was no teenage crime or car theft prior to certain video games.  What an unusual view.

  • Ws prayers March 25, 2019 (12:24 pm)

    I feel I need to leave one final comment to clarify …. I am the mother of the 17 yr old passenger. I was very upset when I left comments here after I picked up my son from the police. My son used to love video games and grand theft auto was one game that I never liked I didn’t  allow in my home so my son used to sneak the game inor play it at his friends house – as he became a teenager of course it’s been more of a challenge to keep those kinds of games out. It’s not the games fault I am not blaing the game it just was an irony as this was a battle in my home over that game so yes I did ask my son if he was trying to live that out in real life and how it worked out and he did respond he had the thought of that game too and agreed it was nothing like the game in real life he was still in shock when I picked him up. I am in contact with the powers that be and I am hopeful my son will use this as a wake up call on his life-this is terrifying shameful behavior never ever would want my son to be involved in. I am being transparent because I beleive in taking responsibility I beleive in good-I beleive that  God Will somehow Take this horrible situationand Will somehow Use it for good. I am deeply sorry for my sons behavior and for all damage involved he never should have been in that car bottom line. 

  • KBE March 25, 2019 (3:46 pm)

    And how do the innocent victims of this crime get repaid? Both the person  who’s car was stolen, and the parked car that is now totaled also? It’s very frustrating to know that they are both out their vehicles and insurance deductibles, let alone the time and hassle of having to replace them. I applaud all the officers yesterday and the job they face everyday.  They apprehended both males very quickly.There still has not been any mention of the gun that was found  during this crime.  The offenders should be held financially responsible for this crime, with restitution to the victims. All car owners end up paying for these crimes through insurance cost increases. It’s just so wrong.

    • WSB March 25, 2019 (3:51 pm)

      Gun? No mention of that at the scene, over the air, or in my followup today, so that would be why there’s “not been any mention” of a gun. What kind and where did you see it? – TR

  • Ws prayers March 25, 2019 (6:10 pm)

    There was no gun mentioned to me either I will follow up and of course police have my info whatever needs to be done for restitution my son did not take the car he got in after the fact either way it bad all the way around again o wish I could wave a magic want and make this right -I am however gonna do what I can 

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