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December 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM
The Associated Press
The Washington State Patrol says a man on foot was struck and killed in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about 5 a.m. Monday near Tukwila.
The man died at the scene.
KOMO Radio reports the man was struck by a taxi that could not stop in time or swerve out of the way. The man did not carry identification and authorities hope to identify him through fingerprints.
November 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — A prosecutor says he has yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in connection with a fatal bus crash on Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon.
Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus called the case “very complex” and said he has not convened a grand jury.
Nine people died and almost 40 were injured Dec. 30 when a bus carrying tourists smashed through a guardrail east of Pendleton and rolled down a hill. Some of the victims who died were from the Seattle area, including Dale William Osborn, 57, of Spanaway, Yong Ho Lee, 75, of Lynnwood, Chun Ho Bahn, 63, of Bothell, and Seattle Pacific University student Richard Sohn, 19, of Bellevue. One couple — Oun Hong Jung, 67, and his wife, Joong Wha Kim, 63 — had been staying with friends in Bothell before the bus trip.
The U.S. government quickly banned Mi Joo Tour & Travel from operating buses on U.S. roads. Federal officials found the driver was on duty for 92 hours in the eight-day stretch before the crash, exceeding federal limits.
Attorneys for the Canadian company said black ice — not driver fatigue or excessive speed — caused the crash.
November 27, 2013 at 5:33 AM
UPDATE: 10:05 a.m. | (Associated Press) Deputies are looking for two teens witnesses saw running away in the residential neighborhood. A police dog was unable to track them down.
The motive in the shooting is unclear, but King County Sheriff Deputy Charlie Akers says the victim still had his wallet and cell phone, so it doesn’t appear to be a robbery.
UPDATE 8:20 a.m.| King County Sheriff Deputy Charlie Akers said the fatal shooting occurred in the 200 block sw 108th Street.
Deputies performed CPR on the victim, but medics, arriving after the officers, pronounced the victim dead at the scene, Akers said.
Detectives from the sheriff’s office major crimes unit are investigating.
Previous Post:| (Associated Press) A 23-year-old man was fatally shot about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday in White Center in south Seattle, according to King County sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies are looking for two teens suspected in the shooting
November 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM
Snohomish County prosecutors won’t file criminal charges against a driver who fatally struck a 30-year-old cyclist last year.
The Daily Herald says instead Everett police detectives cited the Kirkland man for second-degree negligent driving and wrote him a $10,287 ticket last month.
Trent Graham, a father and bicycle salesman, was killed while riding his bike home from work on Oct. 17, 2012.
Deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow says an investigation found evidence the driver suffered from a seizure, which likely caused him to lose control of the truck. But there was no indication the driver knew he had a medical condition that caused seizures.
Everett police spokesman says detectives, however, believe there is proof that the man’s driving was negligent and caused Graham’s death.
The ticket issued includes a $5,000 fine as well as court costs and fees.
October 28, 2013 at 6:35 AM
UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: From Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer: “Our driver is very shaken up by this collision. Anytime there is a collision where someone is hurt or killed, it deeply affects everyone throughout the whole organization. ”
“Metro is safety and customer driven, and our bus drivers work every day to avoid collisions,” Switzer said. “We’re working with Seattle Police to understand the circumstances of this horrible incident, and Metro’s safety officers also are investigating.”
UPDATE 11:20: Seattle Police are investigating the possibility that the victim was down in the street even before the Metro bus came by. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said investigators are still gathering information about the case.
UPDATE 11 a.m.: Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said the bus driver is male and has been a Metro driver since October of 2010.
PREVIOUS POST: A Metro bus struck and killed a pedestrian near 11th Avenue and Pine Street early this morning.
The victim is a man believed to be in his 20s or 30s, according to Lt. Randy Yamanaka with Seattle police.
Police became aware of the incident a few minutes after 6 a.m. when a person came running into Police Department’s east precinct, which is near the accident scene, saying there had been a serious accident involving a Metro bus.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a westbound bus at mid-block in the 1100 block of East Pine Street where a person had been hit a the bus and was dead at the scene.
Three passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. None was injured.
Detectives have interviewed the driver and are talking to the passengers.
A drug recognition expert has been called in, which Yamanaka said is routine in such cases.
Yamanaka said he had no information about the driver.
October 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM
BELLINGHAM (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says two drivers were killed in a head-on collision in heavy fog early Tuesday near Ferndale.
The patrol says a 33-year-old man was attempting to pass another car in the fog on Highway 548 when he collided with a car driven by an 18-year-old from Blaine.
Both men died at the scene.
October 2, 2013 at 5:37 AM
A man has died after either jumping or falling from a burning apartment in the University District early this morning, according to Seattle police.
Firefighters found another man alive inside the apartment in the 4500 block of Seventh Avenue Northeast.
Police were called to the Seattle Housing Authority building around 1 a.m. on a report of a disturbance or argument in the apartment on the ninth floor, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson. When officers arrived they found that the door to the unit was blocked.
“Smoke was filling the hallway. Once our guys forced the door, they could see the entire apartment was engulfed,” said Jamieson.
Officers went into the apartment and saw someone inside. The man, Jamieson said, refused to come out.
Police then backed away from the apartment and firefighters notified them about a body found on the ground outside, below the fire scene, Jamieson said. Police believe the man found dead is the same person who refused to leave the apartment.
Firefighters put out the fire and found another man unconscious inside the apartment. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, he suffered smoke inhalation and burns, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.
Jamieson said investigators ”believe it was a deliberately set fire.”
“What we think at this point is it could have been an attempted murder suicide. We don’t know the relationship between the two guys.”
Other residents on the ninth floor were evacuated, but no one was seriously hurt, authorities said.
Moore said the fire damage is estimated at $90,000.
September 30, 2013 at 6:57 AM
A pedestrian fatality on Interstate 90 in the Eastgate area last night was an apparent suicide, according to the Washington State Patrol.
WSP Trooper Chris Webb said an unidentified woman jumped from the 142nd Street overpass, about 45 feet above the highway, about 9:45 p.m. and was hit by a westbound vehicle.
Webb said the victim was dead at the scene. Three westbound lanes were blocked for several hours for the investigation.
September 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM
PORTLAND (AP) — Investigators say they don’t know exactly what caused a house fire that killed five people Sunday in Eastern Oregon, but it wasn’t arson caused by an accelerant or an accident in a drug lab.
It appears the fire began on the front porch, Pendleton police Chief Stuart Roberts said Tuesday. There was some thought it started in a can of cigarette butts, but investigators couldn’t verify that, he said.
Investigators from local, state and federal agencies spent the day at the gutted two-story house on Monday, he said. They had a dog trained to sniff out accelerants such as gasoline.
“There was no accelerant detected in or around the residence,” Roberts said. Nor was there evidence of illegal activity such as a methamphetamine lab or hashish production.
The five victims are believed to be a man, a woman and three young children. Police haven’t released their names. Autopsies are expected to begin Tuesday.
Roberts said police believe they know who the victims are, but there are obstacles to making positive identifications: It’s difficult to ask family members to identify remains in such cases, and DNA tests could mean a lengthy process of gathering samples from relatives and getting lab tests done.
Two people survived: Kay Williams, 27, and David Erickstaed, 46. They were hospitalized in serious condition.
Roberts says their names appear on the rental agreement for the house, they appear to be in-laws, but officers haven’t pinpointed their relationship. They have been taken off breathing tubes and officers plan to follow up on initial interviews with them.
September 24, 2013 at 5:52 AM
A man in Maple Valley killed a suspected vehicle prowler during a shootout early this morning.
King County sheriff’s investigators were called to the 21800 block of Southeast 236th Place and found a man in his 20s dead, said Deputy Charlie Akers. The vehicle owner had taken a dog out for a walk and found the stranger inside his truck. Both men drew their guns and started firing, Akers said.
“The suspect and the truck owner produced handguns, we don’t know who … fired first,” Akers said. “In the exchange of gunfire, the suspect was hit. The (suspect’s) girlfriend, who was caught in the middle, escaped without a scratch.”
Deputies found the girlfriend and booked her into the King County Jail in connection with an outstanding warrant for burglary, Akers said. Her role in the vehicle prowl overnight is still under investigation.
Akers declined to identify either the man killed or the girlfriend. He said that deputies know the identity of the man and that he has several addresses in Southeast King County.
The vehicle owner was still being questioned by deputies at mid-morning. It’s unclear whether he lived at the house or whether he was there for a party, Akers said.
“He was taken into custody, as is standard procedure, and interrogated. It’s my belief he will probably be released pending the wrap up of the case,” Akers said.
Kristin Hague, of Maple Valley, identified the gunman as her nephew, Keenan Hague, according to KING-TV.
Hague said that Keenan, a Marine, spotted the alleged thief and his girlfriend and confronted them.
“All I heard were gunshots, then I came outside and the man and woman were trying to drive away but the car wouldn’t go,” Hague said, adding that the male passenger stood up with a weapon.
“Keenan yelled ‘gun’, and he pushed me to the ground to protect me,” Hague told KING-TV. “He did it to protect me. He loves his aunt.”
Hague performed CPR on the suspected thief and put pressure on his bullet wounds, but he did not survive.
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