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January 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Man struck by SUV while pumping gas in Rainier Beach; driver arrested for vehicular assault

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m. | The driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe that struck another man was arrested, Seattle police said. Pending his release from Harborview Medical Center, he is expected to be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault. 

 ORIGINAL POST | A man who was pumping gas at a supermarket suffered a catastrophic injury to his arm after another driver plowed into him, according to Seattle police and fire.

A 47-year-old man was at the Safeway gas pumps in the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue South just after 1 p.m. today when a white Chevrolet Tahoe struck him while backing out of another business, according to Seattle police.

The victim suffered a “critical injury” to his arm, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. Moore said it appeared the victim had tried to get out of the way, but did not have time. The prognosis for the man’s arm “depends on what the doctors at Harborview (Medical Center) can do for him,” Moore said.

The driver of the Tahoe, a man in his 30s, did not suffer any obvious injuries, but he was taken to Harborview for evaluation, said police spokeswoman Renee Witt.

“He appeared to be under the influence of something and will be processed by Drug Recognition Experts,” Witt said. “We don’t know what happened, if he had a medical condition or was so high he didn’t know what he was doing.”

Moore said the Tahoe backed through a fence before striking the victim. Gas poured out of the nozzle until someone turned on the emergency shut-off valve, he said.

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