UPDATE: Teenage passenger killed in high-speed crash by West Seattle Bridge onramp

7:46 AM: Fire and police are at the scene of a crash that’s requiring someone to be extricated from a vehicle. This is at/near the north end of Delridge Way by the bridge. Updates to come.

7:50 AM: SFD medics are describing this as a vehicle hitting a West Seattle Bridge “pillar” at high speed and that the passenger who had to be cut out of the car has life-threatening injuries. … SFD says he is a man in his mid-20s. The driver got out of the car unassisted.

8:05 AM: A commenter says the Avalon entrance to the bridge is blocked. The logged address of the crash site is Fire Station 36 under the bridge – our crew is still en route so we haven’t seen the scene yet.

(WSB photos)

8:13 AM: Our crew just sent that photo from the scene. They explain the location as alongside the ramp up to the bridge from Avalon/Harbor, alongside the north side of Nucor – here’s another photo:

8:22 AM: Dispatch just told officers that Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are on the way. … Dispatch is trying to find a better address to update the log (the initial address, 3600 23rd SW, as noted above, is the location of Fire Station 36, but this happened west of there). Both men people in the car were taken to the hospital, the passenger in critical condition, the driver less seriously hurt.

8:50 AM: Live video from the closest traffic camera – under the bridge at Avalon/Harbor/Spokane – shows vehicles are being allowed to turn onto the ramp.

11:51 AM: We don’t have an update on the passenger yet, but the driver is a 20-year-old man, SFD says, who was in stable condition when transported.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Still no official update but commenters identifying themselves as a friend and relative say the passenger has died.

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Police have just confirmed that via this SPD Blotter post. They say the passenger who died was a 16-year-old boy and that the 20-year-old driver “showed signs of impairment … and was arrested for (investigation of) vehicular homicide.”

53 Replies to "UPDATE: Teenage passenger killed in high-speed crash by West Seattle Bridge onramp"

  • Sarah August 29, 2023 (7:52 am)

    19 units called out, including air. A major heavy rescue. We drove by on the bus this morning it was alarming and upsetting. Praying for all those involved.

  • Erik August 29, 2023 (7:57 am)

    Entrance to West Seattle bridge from Avalon is blocked by fire rescue. Use Dellridge or Fauntleroy access.

    • WSB August 29, 2023 (8:02 am)

      Thanks. Our crew is still on the way so we haven’t seen the scene yet. The logged address is actually Fire Station 36.

      • Erik August 29, 2023 (8:21 am)

        The car hit a post sideways to the left side of the on-ramp. Fire was blocking both directions under the  bridge and the on-ramp. 

        • WSB August 29, 2023 (8:24 am)

          Thanks. We’ve since arrived and added images. One example of logged addresses not equaling scene addresses sometimes.

    • CAM August 29, 2023 (8:19 am)

      It’s open as of now. 

  • CAM August 29, 2023 (8:20 am)

    The low bridge access is completely blocked from Avalon though. 

  • WestSeattleite August 29, 2023 (9:01 am)

    Drove past this car at around 7:30, right as a big plume of smoke and dust wafted through the air next to the on ramp to the bridge. Must have driven passed immediately after the collision. 

    • 22blades August 29, 2023 (10:37 am)

      right as a big plume of smoke and dust wafted through the air”As in restricted visibility?

      • WestSeattleite August 29, 2023 (12:24 pm)

        yes, the plume forced me to drive in the bus lane as the visibility was poor through the dust and smoke. 

  • whataboutthecreedence August 29, 2023 (9:03 am)

    Always when it rains. I hope the passenger is ok and I’m thankful that no bystanders were hurt.

  • Don Brubeck August 29, 2023 (10:01 am)

    Apple Maps shows the crash location. When driving, it may feel like you
    are already on the the bridge, but there are pedestrians using crosswalks
    east of that location to get to bus stops, park ‘n ride lot, and the Alki
    Trail to 23rd Ave trail crossing.  So slow down to 25 until actually on
    the bridge ramp and save lives.

  • SJ August 29, 2023 (10:30 am)

    Am so sorry for all involved – we missed this accident by about 5 minutes. I was literally reminding my teen driver to be wary of slick roads as we drove onto the bridge this morning – is heartbreaking to read this happened a few minutes later. Please stay safe everyone.

  • Slow down August 29, 2023 (10:34 am)

    Everyone slow down. This accident shouldn’t have happened

  • Alki Jack August 29, 2023 (10:34 am)

    I don’t know for sure what the speed limit is there but from the look of the vehicle it was traveling at a very high rate of speed on a recently wet surface. 

    • Td August 30, 2023 (7:03 am)

      The speed limit is 25 until you are up on the ramp to get on the bridge. And nobody ever does it! I drive there multiple times a day and i do the speed limit and people zoom around me or are up my rear tailgating

  • Alki resident August 29, 2023 (11:11 am)

    Not surprised, honestly, I bet that the driver was either speeding (coming off cruising from Alki) or trying to get onto the on-ramp (and not being let in by the folks coming from… Admiral?).Either way, drivers shouldn’t be going that fast there, there’s very little reason to be speeding at the bridge on-ramp.

  • WS206WS August 29, 2023 (1:02 pm)

    saw this happen right before my eyes this morning. Driver was flooring it-I am guessing running from something.

    • Doug August 29, 2023 (2:59 pm)

      Your guess is incorrect.  Happened right before my eyes too, but I stopped and provided care and compassion until help arrived. 

      • Appreciative Neighbor August 29, 2023 (6:16 pm)

        Thank you! That must have been hard to see and be a part of. 

      • Grateful Neighbor August 29, 2023 (8:26 pm)

        Doug,You are a hero and compassionate man. I’m praying for you and the passenger. God bless you both 🙏

      • MM August 29, 2023 (8:27 pm)

        Was there another vehicle that might have hit them and caused them to crash? I know the family and it is heartbreaking. The passenger was such a good kid. 😔 

        • whitecentergirl27 August 29, 2023 (8:57 pm)

          Do you know the status of the passenger who was taken to Harborview?

          • MM August 29, 2023 (9:24 pm)

            He passed away at the hospital 😔

          • WSB August 29, 2023 (9:44 pm)

            I am so sorry to hear that. Police have not responded to requests for updates, and without names (please don’t identify him publicly here as the Medical Examiner’s Office might still be notifying some next-of-kin) it’s impossible to find out from the hospital.

          • MM August 29, 2023 (10:29 pm)

            Doesn’t that area come from a steep downhill going into the ramp? And plus the wet road conditions, people shouldn’t be speeding there. It’s so sad he was such a good kid. Such a devastating loss 

      • Kallie August 29, 2023 (10:24 pm)

        Doug- I’m guessing you and I were there together this morning (but I didn’t get your name). Thanks for hanging around with me. It was a tough morning and I hope you’re doing ok. 

        • Doug August 30, 2023 (2:00 pm)

          Hi Kallie, yes it’s me.  You’re more than welcome to dm me if you’d like to talk about yesterday morning.  Not sure if this site has that function though.  And you too guy on the bike who was so good on the phone with 911.

  • J August 29, 2023 (1:32 pm)

    Hight speed you say?  Everyone slow down? – No just the idiots need to slow down, the rest of us drive at safe speed already.

  • Greg August 29, 2023 (1:59 pm)

    Let’s hope the driver gets arrested and loses his driver’s license.

  • Jim P. August 29, 2023 (3:06 pm)

    Far too many people, racing, speeding, burning rubber all over West Seattle these days.  Sometimes, late at night it’s sound like one lives near a drag strip.Lack of respect for society and no fear of consequences.

  • JQ Public August 29, 2023 (11:13 pm)

    Looks like the left front may be a mini spare intended to get u to the tire store at under 35mph with its limited grip, not match the performance of the right front tire particularly front wheel drive in the wet.

  • Yoli August 29, 2023 (11:20 pm)

    How dear you say that Greg, those are my young nephews. They’re brothers and the driver is in critical condition but we lost his younger brother. They’re both very nice boys, we don’t know what causes the accident yet, my nephew is still in trauma, especially losing his only brother. For you to wish that he lost his license is cruel. You should not say things like that. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. But I forgive you because you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • Sara August 30, 2023 (8:09 am)

      I am so incredibly sorry for you and your family’s loss. It’s so devastating. My thoughts are with you. 

    • Confused August 30, 2023 (10:10 am)

      I’m sorry for your loss but why is it ‘cruel’ to ask that his license be revoked even if it is temporary?  Should one not face consequences for such actions? By the definition of cruel the comment was not that.

      • Not confused August 30, 2023 (11:49 am)

        There’s a time and a place. This is not it.

      • Rhonda August 31, 2023 (1:14 pm)

        The consequences are right there in the story: the driver was arrested for vehicular homicide. He also has to live with the fact that he killed his younger brother. It doesn’t get more serious than that.

  • Leon Jackson August 30, 2023 (6:31 am)

    Sorry for your loss. Have no idea the circumstances but having worked in EMS for a number of years I can tell you all that this stuff happens on the first rains. The roads are coated in oil and gunk and people fail to check their tire tread causing incidents similar to this one. Tires are expensive but cars cost more and lives are irreplaceable. Any tire shop will give you an evaluation. 

  • Steve August 30, 2023 (7:01 am)

    We all have opinions but as stated above, keep your negative comments to yourself. Your comments show your lack of compassion and Education level. Did you ever consider the driver had a medical condition or other ailment that contributed to this tragic event? This was an “Accident” and not an “Intentional” Do you think the older brother would put his younger sibling in harms way? Not only did the young boy die but the brother will have to live with this the rest of his life…and all family members. I’m sure if it was your family or friend involved in an accident you would want to read comments that were positive and inspiring. The Police are conducting an active investigation of the crash and will publish their findings once complete. Until then, keep negativity out of this blog and if you comment on future events, consider every person on blogs as family members. As you can see, life is short and precious. We were put on this earth to be compassionate and respect one another. BTW, I am a family member.

    • Kyle August 31, 2023 (12:41 am)

      I’m so sorry for your loss.  This is so tragic.

  • WSB August 30, 2023 (9:25 am)

    Police have just confirmed that the passenger, 16, died, and that the driver was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide.

    • Pauline August 30, 2023 (1:17 pm)

      And they’re brothers. So devastating all around. 

  • Licensed driver August 30, 2023 (11:54 am)

    This driver and others like them should lose their license. He clearly needs more training. The pain of causing the death of a family member is very real, but it does not remove the need to ensure you are not a danger to your passengers or other vehicles when you get back behind the wheel.

  • AL August 30, 2023 (12:27 pm)

    Oh no!  So very sad.  My heart breaks for the family.  Sending love and prayers to them.

  • Samson August 30, 2023 (10:57 pm)

    Very unfortunate that one person has passed away from reckless careless downright selfish & dangerous driving by a possibly intoxicated young adult. I do think he should be arrested, lose his license permanently and be held 100% accountable, someone being this reckless put many others lives in danger as well this morning, not just his passenger but those on their morning commute and for no valid reason whatsoever it seems. Selfish decisions lead to consequences and hopefully lessons learned. I have no empathy for reckless drunk drivers who put others at risk of injury, inconvenience & at worst case scenario fatality of innocent citizens in the wrong place at the wrong time. From someone who commutes this route weekly, I am beyond grateful no others were hurt or killed this morning with such a careless act by this young adult. Enough with the pity in the comments thread here for someone who selfishly could of killed or severely hurt other innocent citizens. 

    • Not confused August 31, 2023 (9:47 am)

      Feel free to start a forum topic on this blog about your experiences and concerns, and band together folks to look for options to take action. Write to public officials about your concerns, or ask your street/neighbors to join you in a collective letter. Do something useful with your outage rather than post your self-serving screed to the comments section of this post, where community and family members are gathering. None of us really even know the facts, including you.

  • Steve August 31, 2023 (1:23 am)

    The article the police put out that the driver was arrested for vehicular homicide due to intoxication is not correct. The driver was released from the hospital and was cleared by police. He did not have alcohol or drugs in his system. The investigation dept. was notified to publish the correct information and make it public notice

    • Gatewood Neighbor August 31, 2023 (8:54 am)

      Steve, I am so sorry for your family’s loss.  I have been thinking about you and the others involved frequently since Tuesday.  You have my heartfelt condolences. 

    • Admiral Mom August 31, 2023 (9:47 am)

      Thank you Steve and so sorry for what your family is going through. SPD blotter should be more careful putting out information about substances involved. Unfortunately people grab onto that and vilify others without thinking they are human beings with families too. Sending strength to the family and friends of the victims

  • JQ Public August 31, 2023 (9:33 am)

    Looks like a emergengy spare on the L front designed for a slow trip to the tire store, not to match the traction of the normal R front tire in wet conditions w front-wheel drive.   I see a lot of these spares running around.   

  • bradley August 31, 2023 (12:21 pm)

    The piece I’m finding most disturbing recently is young drivers and passengers getting ejected from these car accidents from not using seat belts.  This is also a huge ignorance, and the youth in accidents pay a fatal price.  I don’t know if this had any impact here, but people, Buckle Up!!  Please.

  • WestSeattlecyclist August 31, 2023 (12:27 pm)

    To all involved- especially family.  I, too, have been thinking of all of you.  This is so tragic and my heart goes out to all of you!  I can’t imagine what the driver is going through.  Nobody ever needs to be punished for this kind of thing- he will punish himself even if he did nothing wrong.  Loss is hard enough without guilt or regret on top of it.   Please know that many in the West Seattle community are thinking of you and sending love and kindness your way!

  • Take Responsibility August 31, 2023 (12:39 pm)

    Its not our place to judge. But there was one fact here. The driver wasn’t going 25mph like he should be. What was the reason for speeding ang losing control? 

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