UPDATE: ‘Major rescue’ response for 2-car crash at Sylvan/Delridge

9:48 PM: A two-vehicle crash at Delridge/Sylvan has drawn a “rescue extrication” response, with people reported trapped in the vehicles. At least two people are reported to be seriously injured. At least part of that intersection is blocked.

10 PM: Added photo sent by Lori. The response was upsized to a “major rescue” because people needed to be extricated from both vehicles. As you can see from Lori’s photo above, firefighters had to remove the roof from one vehicle.

10:14 PM: Another photo above from Lori. Meantime, the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is arriving. Sylvan is blocked up the hill and this will be closed for several hours while they investigate. Two people have been taken to the hospital.

10:35 PM: Above is our photo of the wrecked cars. That’s the north side of Home Depot in the background. Waiting for SFD info on the conditions of the two people taken to the hospital.

19:49 PM: SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley says a man in his mid-20s was transported in serious condition, and a man in his early 20s was transported in stable condition.

11:00 PM: Police now say the two were the vehicles’ drivers and no one else was in either car and that one driver is being investigated for DUI. Sylvaan Way remains closed between High Point Drive and Delridge.

12:24 AM: Still closed.

9:13 AM: Additional information from police this morning – they now say the male driver of the red Chevrolet was westbound and “crossed the center line in the 7200 block of Sylvan Way and struck a blue Hyundai, driven by an adult female, which was coming down the hill.” The male driver is under investigation for suspected DUI.

ADDED MONDAY: In this comment, a family member says the blue Hyundai’s driver is actually a man in his mid-30s and is in stable condition.

36 Replies to "UPDATE: 'Major rescue' response for 2-car crash at Sylvan/Delridge"

  • Delridger April 3, 2021 (9:52 pm)

    Sounds like a seriously massive response coming down Delridge from the north.

  • ~Hockeywitch~ April 3, 2021 (10:02 pm)

    Good grief!!!!SFD works hard for their money EVERYDAY, but DANG.!!!.. in the last few hours, they need Double time and 1/2.. Thank you Seattle Fire Dept for everything you do for us and for always being there for us.  What a Night.

    Why is it so hard to get around THAT corner?? So many crashes there.

    • Witness April 4, 2021 (12:48 am)

      I followed the red car for several miles leading up to the accident.  Driver was very erratic and then ran the red light right before the Home Depot.  Just horrific and unnecessary. 

      • EJ April 4, 2021 (2:31 am)

        Hope you spoke with officers to relay that info. That kind of info can literally mean the difference between a conviction for vehicular assault and an acquittal. 

        • Witness April 4, 2021 (2:58 pm)

          Yes, I gave a statement to police in person and have offered to be a witness in the case.  Thanks for your concern. 

          • Forest Graham April 5, 2021 (1:52 pm)

            Hello. I am the brother of the driver of the Blue Hyundai (who is a actually a man In his mid 30’s) and His name is Dakotah Graham and he works in West Seattle and was on his way home from work. My family and I are beyond grateful to you following the Red car, (and trying to prevent this exact thing from happening), but more importantly that you were there to get help so quickly, which definitely made a difference in his current well being we are am happy to report he he is now stable and we are hopeful he’ll be able to recover. Again I cannot thank you enough for being there for my brother when he needed it the most.

          • WSB April 5, 2021 (2:44 pm)

            Thank you for the update.

      • Joan LaBriola April 4, 2021 (3:00 am)

        Did you give a witness statement to SPD?

        • Witness April 4, 2021 (5:13 pm)


      • wssz April 4, 2021 (6:58 am)

        Witness — Please call 911 and let the police know what you saw.  It will help them in their investigation. 

        It’s a tragedy for the innocent victim. It never should have happened.

        • Witness April 4, 2021 (3:00 pm)

          Yes, I gave a verbal statement at the scene.

      • aa April 4, 2021 (9:03 am)

        curious if “witness’ called 911 to report the erratic driving.  

        • Witness April 4, 2021 (3:00 pm)

          Yes I have a verbal statement at the scene. 

          • aa April 5, 2021 (10:58 pm)

            Still…  why didn’t witness didn’t call 911 when they first observed the erratic driving?  No phone in the car?  

      • Kai April 4, 2021 (3:39 pm)

        Anyone else want to ask Witness if they gave a statement? Read the thread people. 😶

        • Marianne April 4, 2021 (5:47 pm)

          Look at the time stamps Kai. Witness should have stated that fact in their original post. People have a right to be concerned about the possibility that someone witnessed such behavior behind the wheel and possibly did not report it. I hope the woman in the blue Hyundai will be ok.

          • Witness April 4, 2021 (6:40 pm)

            You’re right, I should have mentioned that earlier.  Shame on me.  I’m almost as bad as the drunk driver. 🤦‍♂️

          • Wsea 4 April 4, 2021 (10:36 pm)

            Was it confirmed the driver was drunk?

          • Witness April 5, 2021 (3:28 pm)

            I shouldn’t make assumptions but with the amount of swerving I witnessed (several times into the oncoming lane) while following directly behind him for several miles, I would be shocked if he wasn’t .   I have not been contacted by the police yet so I’m again assuming that his blood alcohol level was so far beyond the legal limit that they didn’t need anymore info from me.   Ready and waiting if they call. 

          • Lene E. Carpp April 5, 2021 (4:16 pm)

            The woman in the Hyundai was actually a man, the son of my best friend.  He is alive, but after multiple surgeries he will have months of healing and rehab to endure. It looks like he will make it, we are thankful.

          • Kathy H April 6, 2021 (11:12 pm)

            Thanks for the update, even if heartbreaking for Dakotah’s condition; have known him since maybe late ’08. He didn’t deserve this at all. 

    • Reed April 4, 2021 (8:22 am)

      Why is it so hard to get around that corner and so many others? Inattentive or impaired drivers are the reason.

  • HS April 3, 2021 (11:11 pm)

    Those photos… what a horrible accident.

  • WTF April 3, 2021 (11:57 pm)

    Speed kills.

    • WSB April 4, 2021 (10:32 am)

      Yes, it does, but in this particular case police are identifying at least two other factors – crossing the center line and suspected DUI.

      • WTF April 4, 2021 (2:59 pm)

        100% preventable.🤬

        • Foop April 5, 2021 (7:13 am)

          I don’t know the details here, but this should serve as a reminder that the point of the reduced speed limit is to make accidents like this, regardless of other factors, less fatal. The fact that everyone survived might be because they all were going slower than if the posted speed was, say, 35.

          • Stan April 5, 2021 (5:55 pm)

            It’s not a reminder of anything else.  This is a clear and cut case of a driving and possibly impairment issue.  That’s it.Reducing the limits falsely redirected a distracted driving problem into speed problem.  It pandered to those with poor driving skills and punished the rest.  It also has created a revenue stream for big gov who will squander it.  Congrats.

  • JayJay April 5, 2021 (7:51 pm)

    Sending wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the victim. It’s so unfair and devastating. 

  • Kerry L. April 8, 2021 (10:48 am)

    What a horrible accident. Thanks to Witness for stopping and others for updates.

    Forest Graham, I hope your brother continues to improve.  Sending best wishes for his recovery.

  • Dz April 14, 2021 (1:38 am)

    It turns out the driver of the wayward vehicle is a 25 year old UNINSURED driver. And he walked away with virtually no injuries while the victim has 3 of 4 limbs broken requiring 6 surgeries to repair. SO UNFAIR. How come there are so many uninsured drivers on the road these days? It happens over and over.

  • Aaron April 16, 2021 (8:00 pm)

    I have setup a GoFundMe site for Dakotah who is my Nephew.  Please help if you can and share with others.  Thanks!  Uncle Aaron 

    • WSB April 16, 2021 (8:07 pm)

      Thanks for letting us know. I’ve been trying to find out the status (charges, etc.) of the driver who hit your nephew so I can write a followup; we will include this.

      • Aaron April 16, 2021 (10:25 pm)

        Thank you! 

  • Kerry L. April 24, 2021 (11:21 am)

    Thanks for the update. So sorry for the extent of the injuries. I hope Dakotah continues to recover and heals well.

    I’ve shared the fundraiser. If you can add PayPal and Venmo information, you may reach more people who do not use GoFundMe.

    • Kerry L. April 24, 2021 (9:05 pm)

      PS to Witness: We were hit by a drunk driver (fortunately directly  behind us on the highway so though the vehicle was in bad shape we were not) years ago in California.

      In that case they asked us questions and took our names at the scene, then we didn’t hear from them again until we got a notificaiton we’d be needed at trial, and then, quite a bit alter, we learned the driver (who was actually driving on a license suspended for DUI when he hit us) had taken a plea deal.

      Your witness experience might be different, but ours ended up being relatively painless in the end, after the initial experience and trauma, and anticipating the trial. I know yours was much worse witnessing the terribile accident and results. Hope you are doing OK also.

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