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May 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM
The 69-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a pickup in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood Tuesday was identified today as Surinderpaul Basra.
Basra, an employee at the Essential Baking Company cafe in Georgetown, was crossing First Avenue South around 3 p.m. yesterday when a Chevrolet pickup turning left from South Findlay Street struck her. Medics took her to Harborview Medical Center, where she died soon after of blunt force injuries to the head, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
After Seattle Police Department detectives evaluated the 56-year-old driver who hit Basra, it was determined he was not under the influence at the time of the accident.
A small memorial has been set up for Basra at the accident scene, where friends and family have talked about what a loving and dedicated person she was, according to an employee at nearby Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack. Friends spoke of her as someone who loved her job at the bakery so much she never took vacation time.
Seattle police detectives are still investigating the accident.
May 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m. | Police determined that the driver was not driving under the influence and released him pending further investigation.
EARLIER POST | Police say a 69-year-old woman was fatally injured when a Chevrolet pickup struck her in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood this afternoon.
Medics responding to the accident at the intersection of First Avenue South and South Findlay Street took the woman to Harborview Medical Center while administering ongoing CPR, said Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore. The Seattle Police Department has since reported that she did not survive.
The Police Department’s initial investigation shows that the victim was crossing First Avenue South from west to east near the stop-sign intersection when a 56-year-old man turned left onto the same street and hit her.
Customers and employees of Pig Iron BBQ and Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack rushed to the woman’s aid when the accident happened in front of the businesses. Waitress Geneva Butler said the woman was bleeding and not moving after the accident.
Employees at one of the businesses said the woman worked at a nearby Essential Baking Company cafe, which closed early today after the accident.
A drug-recognition expert from the Seattle Police Department is on the scene investigating the accident along with other traffic collision detectives.
February 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The Airlane motel in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood — a place police say is a notorious magnet for robbery, rape and domestic violence — has been declared a “chronic nuisance property.”
According to the Seattle Police Department, that means the motel’s owner will have to address the business’ problems or else face fines of up to $25,000 or business-license revocation.
Last year, officers arrested 18 people at the motel and responded to 911 calls 46 times for incidents that included a man strangling his pregnant girlfriend, according to the SPD Blotter.
The department has required the motel’s owner to install security cameras inside and outside the building, secure the building’s doors, hire licensed security guards, kick out trespassers, enforce a zero-tolerance narcotics policy for motel guests, keep better records of guests staying at the motel, and post signs around the motel discouraging crime.
It isn’t easy declaring a property a chronic nuisance property, according to SPD.
“If you do feel that you do have a nuisance property in your neighborhood, contact your precinct’s Community Police Team, and be ready to articulate why the business or residence is a problem for you and your community,” said Lt. John Hayes in an SPD Blotter item.
April 29, 2012 at 6:56 PM
Two men were arrested early Sunday morning after a confrontation outside a Georgetown bar escalated into a brawl involving nearly three dozen people, Seattle police said.
A 17-year-old man who was beaten with a hammer and a tire iron was taken to Harborview Medical Center with unknown injuries, police said. Three women also were assaulted in the disturbance.
According to police, the incident began after at least two men left a bar in the 7200 block of East Marginal Way and “made several comments to some females” outside it. The 17-year-old took offense at the comments, followed the suspects to a nearby convenience store and confronted them.
By the time police responded to the fight, at about 2:10 a.m., it involved more than 30 people.
The two unidentified suspects, 39 and 40 year old, were arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.
April 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Seattle police on Wednesday said that human remains found in two locations at different times last year are those of the same man.
The victim was identified as Donald S. Meyer, 53, who disappeared in June 2011. Blood stains were found in his Ballard apartment, Seattle police spokesman Sean Whitcomb told KING5 on Wednesday.
In July, an employee found human remains on a conveyor belt in a Georgetown recycling plant. Those remains were identified as Meyer.
Then in December, a badly decomposed human leg bone and foot were found in a black plastic bag under the Ship Canal Bridge.
Seattle police say it has been determined that those remains also belonged to Meyer.
KING5 on Wednesday said Meyer was suspected of being a marijuana dealer. No arrests have been made in the case.
December 14, 2011 at 9:07 AM
Seattle police have arrested a man in connection with a home invasion robbery in the Georgetown neighborhood early this morning.
According to police, a man was asleep in his apartment in the 6600 Block of Corson Avenue South around 1:30 a.m. when he was awakened by a person demanding money. The suspect implied that he had a gun and threatened to shoot the victim in the head if he didn’t comply. The suspect grabbed several items from the apartment before fleeing, police said.
The victim called 911 and officers who responded saw a person matching the suspect’s description at the corner of Sixth Avenue South and South Michigan Street. The 46-year-old suspect was arrested, and police said they found the victim’s wallet and cellphone in the man’s pocket.
The victim positively identified the suspect as the man who robbed him, police said. Police believe the suspect may have entered the apartment through an unlocked front door.
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