Driver suffers deadly medical episode, then crashes

A one-car crash in the outside westbound lane of Olson Place near 3rd SW cleared a short time ago. That’s the King County Medical Examiner’s Office van in our photo, sent there because a person died – but, police say, the death wasn’t because of the crash, they believe it was because of what caused the crash. Police told us at the scene that the driver, 84 years old, apparently suffered a deadly medical episode just before his car went onto the shoulder and hit a pole. We’re not showing the car because we don’t know if next of kin have been notified, but the damage to both car and pole appeared minor. The SFD 911 log shows the crash response was first dispatched just after 8:30 am.

7 Replies to "Driver suffers deadly medical episode, then crashes"

  • John May 23, 2021 (11:45 am)

    I observed a police patrol car blocking the eastbound lane of Olson Place near Arrowhead Gardens and Public Storage this AM.  Cars leaving Arrowhead Gardens couldn’t go east. Not sure where they went after they turned around.It’s a reminder that Olson Place is vital to traffic flow in/out of lower West Seattle/Delridge/White Center/etc.

  • Mike May 23, 2021 (3:28 pm)

    I commend you for not displaying info that could cause pain to the family.  Good judgment and good taste by the Blog, again.

  • Kap May 23, 2021 (7:04 pm)

    I came upon this today shortly after it happened. Saw SPD doing CPR as FDP was coming from both directions. So sad to see, and sorry this person did not survive. Life is short, live big; RIP.

  • Hearts May 23, 2021 (8:29 pm)

    So sad to see while driving by. Thank you for the follow up, WSB. RIP driver, and peace to your family and loved ones.

  • ~Hockeywitch~ May 23, 2021 (9:26 pm)

    Condolences to this man’s family and friends. I’m sorry for your loss. When it’s our time, it’s our time. We never know when or where we will be. Rest in Peace sir. Comfort to your loved ones.

  • ACG May 23, 2021 (10:22 pm)

    May he Rest In Peace. My condolences to his family and friends. 

  • Scubafrog May 24, 2021 (12:02 am)

    Sincere Condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman.  And another kudos WSB, on not publishing the photo.

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