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March 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

2 killed, 2 critically hurt when car strikes pedestrians in North Seattle

A pickup struck four pedestrians at 33rd Avenue Northeast in North Seattle. The driver, sitting on the curb, has been arrested and is being investigated for possible drug or alcohol use. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE: 9:25 p.m. | The two people who died were a 68-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man, according to Seattle police. In the department’s online blog, police spokesman Jeff Kappel says the woman who was carrying the baby is 33, and the baby is 10 days old.

Kappel writes that there were no citations issued at the scene “which is standard procedure in serious traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.”

EARLIER POST | A 50-year-old Seattle man was being booked into King County Jail Monday evening after his pickup struck four pedestrians as they were crossing a busy street in Northeast Seattle,  killing two and critically injuring a young woman and infant.

The accident happened a little after 4 p.m. at 33rd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street, just east of Nathan Eckstein Middle School.

The mother and infant were transported to Harborview Medical Center and are in critical condition. The 25-year-old woman sustained a head injury, while the infant needed CPR at the scene.

In a news briefing, Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel said the baby is about 2 weeks old. The baby was not breathing, but  medics were able to establish a heartbeat, he said.

An officer who specializes in DUI and drug enforcement evaluated him for driving under the influence, and he was arrested. He was put into a vehicle labeled “DUI Squad,” and Kappel said he is “being processed.”

He was driving a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the front side of which is crumpled. Authorities said he stopped immediately after the accident, and Kappel said he was cooperating with police.

Kappel said a man and a woman along with the mother were crossing Northeast 75th Street going north as a group, although it is not known whether they were together. The driver was headed westbound, police said. The accident took place right by a sign that says “end school zone.” Kappel said it is unknown whether the people were associated with the school.

Police speak with the driver at the scene of a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident near Eckstein Middle School in North Seattle on Monday. After this photo was shot, the man was arrested and put into a vehicle labeled “DUI Squad.” (Seattle Times / Ken Lambert)

Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz said officers will be visiting neighborhood schools to remind faculty and parents about pedestrian safety.

“It’s a good reminder to drivers that pedestrians have the right of way, but it’s also a good reminder to pedestrians to not rely on drivers to stop when they are crossing an intersection whether it’s marked or otherwise. Take that extra moment to make eye contact with the driver,” Metz said.

Kirsten Haug, 35, found out what happened as she went to pick up her 14-year-old son from soccer practice at Eckstein Middle School. She said there aren’t enough stop signs on 75th.

“People fly down this street all the time. They’ll be going 50 miles per hour while I’m going 35,” she said.

We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

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