A man driving a pickup truck struck and killed a woman with a walker as she crossed Seneca at 5th Ave near the YWCA Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE: The King County Medical Examiner has identified her as Michele Jozefiak, 45.
Our deepest condolences to her friends and family.
Police are investigating, according to a post on the SPD Blotter.
King 5’s Heather Graf posted this devastating photo from the scene:
Seattle Police say victim was taken to the hospital, no word on how serious her injuries are. pic.twitter.com/a78XqPgzsS
— Heather Graf (@HeatherGrafK5) March 27, 2015
The collision happened just three blocks from 5th and Pike, where Leo Almanzor was killed while walking to work in November. His death helped to prompt the city to include walking safety projects downtown as part of its Vision Zero plan. 5th and Seneca is on the list for improvements later this year.
We will update when we learn more. Details so far from SPD:
Traffic Collision detectives are investigating after a woman was struck and killed in a downtown crosswalk yesterday.
Officers first received calls at 4:30 p.m. after a pickup truck struck a woman using a walker to cross Seneca at 5th Avenue. The driver immediately stopped his truck waited for police to arrive. Seattle Fire Department medics rushed the woman to Harborview Medical Center where she later died.
Neither of the two men in the pickup truck were injured in the collision. Drug Recognition Experts evaluated the driver but did not detect any signs of impairment.
Traffic collision detectives are actively investigating the cause of this fatality collision.