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November 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM
August 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM
A man who had been involuntarily committed on a temporary mental health hold two days ago was arrested this morning after he allegedly rammed a truck into a medical center seveal times and then tried to smash a deputy’s patrol car, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Stanley said the man, who is known to deputies in the Burien-area as having mental health issues, was taken into custody without injury.
The ramming happened around 7 a.m. Deputies followed the suspect, stopping him at Southwest 146th Street and 4th Avenue Southwest , Stanley said.
Highline Medical Center officials are assessing the damage to the building.
July 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Bail was set at $1 million for a 43-year-old man suspected of causing the death of a passenger Saturday night in West Seattle.
Prosecutors said the man, who waived his appearance at his bail hearing this afternoon at the King County Jail, was driving on a suspended license for unpaid tickets, including one for a violation of an Ignition Interlock Restriction, according to the affidavit of probable cause. In addition, he had a DUI charge out of Island County that had been reduced to negligent driving, prosecutors wrote in the affidavit.
He is being held on investigation of vehicular homicide pending the filing of charges, according to prosecutors.
According to Seattle police, the man was driving a Chevrolet pickup near the intersection of Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Kenyon Street shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday when he collided with a Honda CR-V.
The pickup rolled over, and a passenger riding in the bed of the truck was killed when he was thrown from the truck, police said.
According to police, the driver admitted drinking alcohol that day and using marijuana in the past. Police said he claimed to have no recollection of the collision.
September 21, 2012 at 8:25 AM
The driver of a FedEx semi-truck died this morning when his vehicle ran off Highway 18 at Tiger Mountain, near Snoqualmie, according to the State Patrol.
State Patrol spokeswoman Julie Judson said that about 6 a.m., the truck webt off the road, hit a tree and caught fire. The driver may have suffered from a medical attack or fallen asleep, Judson said.
Some westbound lanes remained closed this morning, but are expected to reopen soon, Judson said.
August 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM
The Associated Press
PUYALLUP – A 30-year-old man riding his motorcycle in Puyallup was struck and killed by an unsecured and unmanned septic truck rolling down a hill.
Pierce County sheriff’s office spokesman Ed Troyer says the truck’s driver told deputies he had set the parking brake, but an inspection showed the brake had not been set.
The truck rolled about 500 feet down a hill before striking the man. It’s owned by an Eatonville company.
Troyer says deputies cited the man for negligent driving and lack of control of the truck
April 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM
UPDATE | 4:51 p.m. The Seattle parks department plans to install a sturdier post to protect the historic pergula after it was damaged again Thursday by a wayward truck.
Acting Parks director Dan Johnson said crews were beginning repairs on the damaged cast iron roof cornice on the southwest corner. The repairs, expected to take about three weeks, were being configured to minimize traffic disruption, he said.
Johnson, who was at the scene of the accident, said the semi-truck driver was unfamiliar with the tight turns of Pioneer Square and was following directions from his GPS when the accident occurred. It is unclear if the driver was cited.
The accident was similar to a 2001 accident which caused more severe damage; repairs ultimately cost $3.5 million. The engineer and contractor who performed that work inspected the pergola on Friday.
To avoid another repeat, the Parks department planned to install a structural post at the southwest corner which is anchored into a room below the pergola, Johnson said. The existing protective “bollard,” which was anchored into the sidewalk, sheered off in the accident.
“When a truck goes down there and decides to turn, particularly if its a long truck, there’s just no place to go,” said Johnson. “We need a barrier that is more substantial.
Costs of the repair were undetermined, but Johnson said the city planned to pursue an insurance claim against the truck driver.
UPDATE | 10:30 a.m. The Pioneer Square pergola was damaged last night and is closed for inspection after it was hit by a semi-truck.
The extent of the damage is unclear, but workers are removing damaged pieces of cast-iron sheathing, said Karen O’Connor, a Seattle Parks spokeswoman. A steel skeleton, added following a similar crash in 2001, is undamaged.
A lane around the pergola, at 1st and Yesler, will be closed until about 3 p.m.
The 1909 pergola, a National Historic Landmark, was rebuilt at a cost of $3.5 million following a January 2001 accident in which an inexperienced and lost U.S. Xpress Enterprises truck driver knocked the supporting posts from the glass and cast iron canopy.
The status of the driver and his truck wasn’t available.
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