UPDATE: Woman in hospital, man in jail after collision that police say was domestic violence

2:49 PM: Seattle Fire has a big response headed for the 2400 block of SW Holden [map], on a “rescue extrication” call. Updates to come.

2:54 PM: SFD says this is reported as a driver-pedestrian collision with the pedestrian possibly “pinned under the vehicle.”

3:08 PM: The victim is being taken to the hospital. We have a crew on scene trying to get more information.

3:11 PM: SFD says “bystanders” helped get the victim, who is female, out from under the car that hit her.

3:17 PM: Added a photo of the car atop the story. Police have taken the driver into custody. Holden remains closed from 24th SW about 100 yards westward uphill.

3:31 PM: SFD says the victim, a 24-year-old woman, was in stable condition when transported.

7:26 PM: A commenter/witness said there was more to the story, and police have confirmed that to us, saying this was a case of domestic violence. SPD says the driver was arrested for felony domestic-violence assault and also investigated for DUI.

9 PM: We have since received a far more detailed police report. Here’s the narrative as written by police:

Several calls came in about a collision, a fight, and a possible domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and found all three reports were correct.

The suspect and his girlfriend (Victim) were in a verbal disturbance and then the suspect began to strangle the victim. A bystander (W) intervened and broke up the assault. The suspect then got into the victim’s vehicle and planned to drive away. The witness got into the car and told the suspect not to drive as he was drunk and high. An argument began between the S/ and the W/. The victim went to the passenger side and attempted to get her car back from him. The witnesses reported that the suspect then put the car in reverse and purposefully struck the victim and ran her over.

W/ and the S/ got into a physical fight directly after the S/ assaulted her. After the S/ was rendered unconscious the witness and another community member physically lifted the vehicle off of the victim. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. … The victim is in critical but stable condition at HMC with numerous broken bones and injuries.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call/text 911 if it’s happening now – but also be aware of this 24-hour helpline: 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY)

9 Replies to "UPDATE: Woman in hospital, man in jail after collision that police say was domestic violence"

  • julie April 12, 2021 (3:47 pm)

    I was a witness to this incident – it was more than a driver/pedestrian accident.  She was screaming “he is stealing my car” and some bystanders were trying to get him out of the car when he put the car in reverse and ran her over.

    • WSB April 12, 2021 (4:05 pm)

      Thanks, early info is usually bare minimum and that’s how it was described, but “pedestrian” can simply mean “person who was NOT in a vehicle.” Hoping to have more from police later…

  • ACG April 12, 2021 (9:37 pm)

    I don’t know if the bystander knew either the victim or suspect, but he/she/they were super brave in intervening regardless. My goodness, what an awful series of events. I hope the victim recovers okay. 

  • burb April 12, 2021 (10:02 pm)

    I call W/ an “Upstander”, not a bystander.  As the parent of a bullied child, I’ve always acted, and pushed others, to be the former.  Seeing someone being attacked, victimized and suffering just does not compute for me.  I SO appreciate this neighbor. THIS is how we save our community from complacency and neglect.  I’m sure we all hope for the victim’s full recovery.

  • Eb April 13, 2021 (1:50 am)

    I looked out my window hearing all this commotion yelling and the car was on curve in an awkward position and like 4 or 5 people trying to pick up the cruiser and pull her out from under the car. They were able to extract her. At one point the dude tried to book it when the sirens were on the way but was met with a 2 piece combo meal of Knuckle sandwiches. What a crazy afternoon .

    • Elton April 13, 2021 (12:15 pm)

      What an amazing display from the individuals who put themselves in harm’s way to aid the victim and justice. A tragic situation – hope that at least the physical injuries are able to heal for this victim.

  • D April 13, 2021 (2:02 am)

    Consider donating to New Beginnings, a local organization who cares for survivors of domestic violence. https://newbegin.org/. This story breaks my heart.

  • Dan April 13, 2021 (3:35 am)

    Wow. Such a sad and scary story yet its also one of bravery, hope and the heart of good humanity looking out for one another. I wish more of us could look out for one another like this witness did. So many times have I seen a situation unfolding and there’s plenty of people watching but none bothering to help. Thank you good neighbor!

  • Alki resident April 13, 2021 (7:39 am)

    Thank you to the hero’s that helped this woman and kept the pos from bolting. As a survivor of DV, this was so hard to read. This woman is so lucky to be alive. I will be praying for her. 

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