Driver flips car at Admiral Way Viewpoint

(WSB photo)

That flipped-car crash is under investigation right now at Admiral Way Viewpoint. Police believe the driver was headed east/southbound on Admiral when he lost control, veered across the north/westbound lanes, and flipped the car, coming to an upside-down stop at the viewpoint. Nobody else was hurt; the driver is being taken to a hospital.

22 Replies to "Driver flips car at Admiral Way Viewpoint"

  • Mr. Flippy September 9, 2020 (7:05 pm)

    You get a shirt.

  • waikikigirl September 9, 2020 (7:21 pm)

    Well here we go again…

  • Brenda September 9, 2020 (7:26 pm)

    DUI

  • LyndaB September 9, 2020 (7:46 pm)

    Glad nobody else was hurt and broad daylight, too!

  • Nancy September 9, 2020 (7:54 pm)

    Extra points for degree of difficulty. It’s harder to do going up than down.

    • Cherrypink September 9, 2020 (9:34 pm)

      This person was heading down the hill from what I understand 

  • 22blades September 9, 2020 (8:26 pm)

    People come down that curve like a raceway. The problem is the people turning onto Admiral from Olga can’t see the downhill traffic, especially if their speed is excessive. People are nuts coming down the curve.

  • Don Brubeck September 9, 2020 (8:51 pm)

    Probably not going 25 mph.

  • Hammer in Hand September 9, 2020 (8:51 pm)

    Ok who has the flipper counter…we need a reset

  • Scott September 9, 2020 (9:01 pm)

    Wow, 25 MPH!!  Maybe it should be 5 mph up Admiral!  Wait, I have to be careful, the city may do that.

    • Sixbuck September 9, 2020 (10:02 pm)

      Remember, no speed limit can fix stupid!

  • Joseph September 9, 2020 (10:52 pm)

    There’s an odd phenomenon in West Seattle that makes vehicles top-heavy.

    • bolo September 10, 2020 (12:25 am)

      Yes, but not limited to West Seattle. In my case, it was called Miller Gold. As in Too Much Miller Gold. (5.7%)

  • WS4life September 10, 2020 (5:40 am)

    I saw the whole thing. Something went wrong with the car. The driver said the car just jerked to the left. Looked like the tire actually feel off. He wasn’t speeding, he wasn’t drunk. Stop being so quick to judge, it might happen to you one day. 

    • WSB September 10, 2020 (10:00 pm)

      Actually the driver is under investigation for DUI.

  • LK September 10, 2020 (7:02 am)

    The WS anti-gravity vortex is active again…how many days has it been since the last flip, 8? 

  • MangoChilango September 10, 2020 (10:44 am)

    How do people flip cars so often on residential streets? Even if you’re speeding, seems hard to do. What is wrong with people?

    • Alex S. September 10, 2020 (2:34 pm)

      What’s happening is that there is now near-zero traffic enforcement thanks to low staffing at SPD (which will soon get a lot worse with de-funding police)  What’s also happening: the same small group of dangerous/drunk drivers continues to wreak havoc on our roads and sidewalks because penalties are minimal and because there is little to no incentive to have a valid license or insurance anymore: our city attorney has essentially decriminalized dangerous driving, and our criminal-friendly municipal and district court judges always release drivers like this one on their own recognizance the next day. Serial perps have little incentive to show up for their court hearing because the penalty is minimal.  It’s not until idiots like this kill or maim somebody (or several people) that they end up with some real consequences or jail time, which happens A LOT.  “Vision Zero” will always be a joke until the city council, city attorney and criminals’ justice system acknowledges the REAL problem and gets dangerous drivers off the road.  Until then, its a great time to be a drunk driver. 

      • Olivier Prock September 11, 2020 (2:03 pm)

        I don’t agree that it is a small number of reckless drivers. We live on 61st and the traffic study in 2018 showed that the majority of the 1800 cars that use that road each day are speeding more than 25% over the limit. These are daily commuters and parents delivering kids to school on a residential street with traffic circles. They use the traffic circles like chicanes on a race track.Police can’t be everywhere at all times. We need speed bumps, ticket cameras, and public responsibility. 

  • Mj September 10, 2020 (5:56 pm)

    Alex agreed.  Numbers on a sign is not effective. 

    SDoT’s follow up study on WMW show the 85% speeds up at 4 of 6 locations subsequent to the City arbitrarily, there was no technical justification for the change, lowering the limit from 40 to 30 mph.  The change has reduced safety, SDoT needs to acknowledge this error and revert the limit back to 40 mph. 

    Admiral Way, east hill, was posted at 35 mph years ago that was changed to 30 and now 25 mph.  This limit is not reasonable and has reduced safety!  

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