logo for print

Seattle cop dies from injuries in hit and run

The Associated Press

SEATTLE - A Seattle police officer was fatally injured early Sunday when his vehicle was broadsided by an SUV that ran a red light in the Central Area just east of downtown at 23rd and Yesler, a spokesman said.

The officer was working alone doing a routine patrol when the accident occurred about 4 a.m. The officer's vehicle - northbound on 23rd - entered the intersection on a green light, said spokesman Sean Whitcomb.

The patrol car was struck in the middle of the intersection by the SUV - eastbound on Yesler - that was speeding and crossed against the light.

The 31-year-old driver was being treated at Harborview for a broken left leg and ankle, Whitcomb said. She was expected to spend the night in the hospital.

A woman believed to be a passenger in the vehicle was also injured and being treated at Harborview, Whitcomb said.

A second woman, believed also to have been a passenger, fled the vehicle on foot. A canine unit was unable to locate her, he said.

The 24-year-old officer, whose name has not been released, was a recent graduate of the police academy and had been patrolling for the past two months.

Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recommended for you

Join the discussion

Suspect Pursuit

Sponsored by

Copyright © 2018 PoliceOne.com. All rights reserved.