You've got to give it to SPD. The agency is letting its creative side show via the newly revamped SPD Blotter blog. Take, for instance, a headline from late yesterday: "Vehicular Mayhem Downtown."
That's where Seattle Police say a man suspected of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol driving a black Volvo station wagon hit a parked Mazda four-door sedan at approximately 2:56 p.m. Making matters far worse, a postal truck was positioned in front of the Mazda, with a postman in his 50s standing behind it at the time of the accident. The collision caused the Mazda to lurch forward, pinning the postman and causing injuries that, while not life threatening, were still considered serious and required transport to Harborview Medical Center.
But that wasn't the end of it. Police say the man driving the Volvo proceeded to back up and flee the scene, continuing along Second Avenue toward Blanchard Street. In the process, he was apparently approached by a female witness who "verbally engaged" the suspect, according to police. It seems safe to assume that "verbally engaged," means bitched out, though police have yet to get quite that creative with their official statements. Either way, SPD says the driver of the Volvo paid the woman very little regard, and as he fled she got caught on his vehicle and was thrown to the ground - injuring her hip in the process.
Of course, the thing about hitting a parked car and seriously injuring a mailman on a Tuesday afternoon in downtown Seattle is lots of people see you do it. According to police, one such onlooker, driving a pickup truck, took matters into his own hands just south of Second and Blanchard - using his truck to pin the Volvo and prevent the man from traveling any further.
Finally putting an end to the mayhem, authorities apprehended the suspect a short time later and transported him to the West Precinct where police say he was evaluated for suspicion of driving under the influence.
All of the aforementioned "vehicular mayhem" was in addition to the eight car fatality accident yesterday morning that shut down Elliot Avenue for seven hours. Police say that incident started at approximately 6:23 a.m., taking the life of one person and sending four additional drivers to the hospital.
SPD describes that accident:
Based on preliminary investigation, Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives believe the adult male driver of a 2006 Jeep SUV was traveling north in the 1400 block of Elliott Avenue West W. A 1998 Cadillac Deville was stopped facing southbound in the center turn lane at the same location waiting to make a left turn into a business parking lot. For reasons yet to be determined, the Jeep driver crossed the center turn lane, traveled north in the southbound lanes, side-swiped the Cadillac and then struck a southbound 1998 Subaru Outback. The Jeep driver continued north in the southbound lanes and collided with and/or caused five additional vehicles to collide.
The driver and sole occupant of the Subaru Outback, a 56-year-old female, died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the collision.
Four additional drivers (who were the sole occupants of their respective vehicles) were transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) with non-life-threatening injuries.
One of those four drivers was the driver of the Jeep SUV. While at HMC officers evaluated him for signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. No impairment was detected. He was interviewed and released pending further investigation.