Tuesday night at approximately 9:15 p.m. Seattle police say a pedestrian attempting to cross Aurora Avenue North near the Woodland Park Zoo was struck by a Subaru travelling southbound, resulting in what's described as "life-threatening" injuries.
The pedestrian was transported to Harborview for treatment of the serious injuries, while the area was taped off and detectives from the SPD Traffic Collision Investigation Squad investigated. The driver of the Subaru was evaluated at the scene for signs of drug and/or alcohol impairment, and with no such signs detected, released pending further investigation. The Subaru was impounded.
Not long later, according to police, a drunken driver crashed the party. Literally.
Despite the fact that there were patrol cars with flashing lights, police tape, flares, and traffic cones all put in place to direct traffic and protect the crime scene, the female driver and her passenger drove through the scene at approximately 25 mph, and struck the rear bumper of the patrol car. The driver was able to drive her car while straddling the median, before finally being stopped by Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives at N. 60th and Aurora. The driver was evaluated and processed for DUI. The female passenger in the car was arrested for obstructing and outstanding warrants. The officer who was seated in the struck patrol car was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.