About the roadside RV on Gatewood Hill

Several people have asked about that RV that’s partly atop the curb along the northbound lane of California SW near SW Othello on Gatewood Hill. According to what officers told dispatch a short time ago after someone called in to report it, the RV was involved in a collision earlier this morning. @SDOTTraffic mentioned it briefly at 5:41 am. No injuries, as SFD was not dispatched; no other details available.

17 Replies to "About the roadside RV on Gatewood Hill"

  • Rick March 31, 2023 (10:25 am)

    Looks like they’re movin’ in already.

    • WSB March 31, 2023 (11:05 am)

      As noted, this was a collision. Vehicles of all types are sometimes left on the roadside post-collision until they can be towed or otherwise retrieved. The only reason we are mentioning this particular one is because of multiple inquiries, as with many things on which we report. – TR

  • Neighbor March 31, 2023 (12:57 pm)

    What you don’t see in the photo is our neighbor’s fence, which was taken out by the RV when it lost control on California. The RV owner seems fairly responsible in that they cleaned up their belongings from the sidewalk and partially on our neighbor’s yard.

  • Duckie March 31, 2023 (1:06 pm)

    TR should have been a detective–impressive how you connected this same RV to a prior accident. It looks like the RV is parked either in front of a house driveway or an alley and definitely on top of a curb. The City’s parking codes do not allow parking: in front of an alley; in front of a driveway; or on top a curb.  It also may not be within the required distance before a stop sign. This is a parking situation that could be dangerous to others. The neighbors should call and report this per City’s guidance: When you see parking violations occurring, call and report them to the Seattle Police Department non-emergency dispatch number at (206) 625-5011 to get the next available parking enforcement officer out to the location.https://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2011/03/15/driveways-and-parking-dont-mix/

    • WSB March 31, 2023 (2:10 pm)

      Parking enforcement already has been out; we passed them on another outbound run. A neighbor also told us that via email and said the RV’s owner would move on; we haven’t passed that way in the past hour or so, so I don’t know if it’s still there.

  • Lisa March 31, 2023 (1:29 pm)

    Seems like a lot of bad luck lately for these RV owners. Any word on the person who was injured in the propane fire last month?

  • Chemist March 31, 2023 (5:05 pm)

    As of 20 minutes ago, the RV was still parked on the side of the road here.

  • Question Authority March 31, 2023 (5:59 pm)

    What about all those items not secured well enough for travel?  There’s enforcement and fines for such behavior and plenty of instances where others have been hurt by flying debris, but I doubt that applies here. Typical double standards and selective enforcement as usual.

    • beaner66 March 31, 2023 (9:14 pm)

      I saw this scene 6:30am ish. The (presumed) owner was busily cleaning and sweeping some debris from the road. The inconvenience of having “this mess” in “our” neighborhood pales in comparison to the problems that  the owner/operator of this RV likely has. Give him/her/them a few minutes to remedy this…and be grateful for a warm, safe place to sleep tonight. 

      • flimflam March 31, 2023 (9:47 pm)

        Ok, that’s nice but what about the fence? Is the person going to pay for that?

        • Fence-less Owner April 3, 2023 (11:27 am)

          To answer your question: No he won’t be paying for it as it’s my fence. The officer said we have the option to sue since the RV owner doesn’t have insurance but that would probably go nowhere. Something for our insurance to figure out. So we have to pay to rebuild a fence due to that rolling liability. 

      • Question Authority April 1, 2023 (1:56 pm)

         I was not referencing the stuff on the side of the road being swept, I was referencing all of the stuff on top and on the back that looks like it’s not secure for travel and could fall off and hurt anyone of us. 

        • AMD April 1, 2023 (3:24 pm)

          It’s not a violation unless it actually comes off during travel, which has not happened.  If you want to apply the same standards to everyone, assume the owners will take care of it the way you do with housed people and their yard messes.  Sheesh.

          • Question Authority April 1, 2023 (5:04 pm)

             Rather strange that you acquaint yard messes of housed people to something that can blind and maim people, just like a young woman named Maria on 405 hit by an unsecured entertainment center. I’ve met Maria, and if you had you would be more aware of the hazards of flying debris and not discount it.

          • Duckie April 1, 2023 (5:30 pm)

            Not so.  As Question Authority points out, it’s a violation of law when a load is not securely fasted to prevent it from becoming loose, detached or in any manner a hazard to other users of the road.  Also, destroying someone’s fence by smashing an RV into it is damaging the property belong to another and parking on top of the curb is a parking violation.  This RV could have taken down not only the fence but could have potentially killed anyone in the yard had they been nearby when the RV lost control  or killed pedestrians or other drivers when it lost control on California avenue (noted by a neighbor).  I guess that’s ok as long the same standards of following the law is not applied to the RV and giving it a pass when others point the harm and potential for harm posed by not following the law.  Sheesh.

          • AMD April 1, 2023 (6:45 pm)

            It’s only a violation of the law if the vehicle is moving.  Seriously, read the law.  This vehicle is not moving.  Again, apply the law equally to your housed and unhoused neighbors.  I guarantee there’s a pickup truck on your street with unsecured items in the bed, which is also not a violation when it’s parked at home.  

          • Canton April 1, 2023 (8:22 pm)

            Was the RV moving, when it took out the fence? Did the secure items become detached during the collision? If so, they were not secured.

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