A 19-year-old Kenmore man has passed away after a man driving a pickup truck struck him March 18 while he was biking in a Kenmore crosswalk.
According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, he was crossing 61st Ave NE at the marked crosswalk at NE 190th Street when he was struck by a 29-year-old man driving a pickup truck.
The victim was crossing eastbound after a vehicle in the left northbound lane stopped for him. However, the person driving the pickup in the right northbound lane did not stop and hit him.
After several days in the hospital, he passed away Friday evening shortly after 9 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s office.
Our condolences to his friends and family.
UPDATE: The man has been identified as Caleb Shoop.
“He was absolutely beloved of everyone who ever knew him,” said Ben Shoop, Caleb’s father told Bothell Reporter. “He embodied the spirit of giving to others.”
Shoop was an Inglemoor High School graduate and was very active while attending school. He participated in marching band, track and field and water polo. He volunteered for Ski for All, an organization that works with teaching disabled children and veterans how to ski and snowboard.
He was hoping to become a firefighter.
Caleb’s memorial service is at 1 p.m. March 29 at the University Place Presbyterian Church, located at 8101 27th St. W University Place.
A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help the family cover any costs. Any money left over will be donated to Ski for All, a charity where Caleb volunteered.
The following message from Caleb’s Mom was posted to the crowdfunding site:
From Caleb’s Mom on Facebook, March 21st: Tonight we said goodbye to our sweet boy Caleb, or Kaleb VonShoop as he liked to be called, who passed away gently, surrounded with love and prayers, at 9:16pm. Thank you to the army of people who held us up the last few days, prayed over him, wept, sang, and reminisced with us as we honored his memory. We were stunned at the sheer volume of friends and family that flooded the halls of Harborview this week to sit with us and honor our child’s life. Please say a prayer for the organ recipients that are in surgery tonight as well.
The man’s death comes as the City of Kenmore is still reeling from the death of Sarah Paulson as she crossed the street in a Juanita Drive crosswalk March 14. Paulson, a Special Olympics athlete headed to catch a bus to Bellevue College, was 20 years old.
In response to the heartbreak on their city’s streets, the Kenmore City Council will discuss walking and biking safety at their meeting today (March 24). Details from a council press release:
The City Council and officials of the City of Kenmore are concerned by several pedestrian accidents that have taken place in recent months, including three crosswalk accidents that have occurred within six days of each other (3/14, 3/18 and 3/20).
The City is taking these incidents seriously and is proposing a number of short and long term actions intended to improve safety and awareness in our community. Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety has been added to the agenda for the March 24, 2014, City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Avenue NE. Public comment is welcome at the meeting. To review the report for this agenda item, go to www.kenmorewa.gov/council and click on the March 24 meeting agenda.
Our thoughts go out to the victims, their families, and others who have been involved in these tragic circumstances.
The dangerous and all-too-common scenario that appears to have contributed to the man’s death is a serious safety issue that arises on streets with more than one general traffic lane in a single direction. Sometimes referred to as a “multiple threat,” below is a description of the problem from an SDOT presentation about last year’s NE 75th Street redesign:
Speeding, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the case, the King County Sheriff’s Office told Bothell Reporter.