In a sad turn to this busy holiday season, a pedestrian trying to cross Lake City Way on December 26th, was struck by a vehicle and died. From the Seattle Police Blotter:
“A Saturn Ion was travelling north in the 11000 Block of Lake City Way NE. At the same time, an adult male attempted to cross Lake City Way in front of the car, when he was struck. Seattle Fire and Seattle Police both responded to the scene. The 55-year-old pedestrian was transported to Harborview Medical Center via Medics, but unfortunately he died of his injuries a short while after arriving at the hospital.
The 23-year-old male driver, the only occupant of the car, was evaluated at the scene by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer, which is standard procedure. There were no signs of impairment exhibited by the driver.”
Another pedestrian was struck in a hit and run on December 20th along 30th Ave NE at 135th. Pedestrian and traffic safety are ongoing concerns for many area residents. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (a coalition of community groups in the greater Lake City area) has been working to raise awareness of these and other neighborhood issues. Several city officials recently attended walking tours of the Lake City neighborhood, where pedestrian safety was one of many topics discussed.
On December 27th, the city announced a new Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor Project. This project is described by Seattle Dept. of Transportation (SDOT) as “a multi-year effort to improve traffic safety for all on Lake City Way/State Route 522.” The project aims to reduce collisions along Lake City Way by 25%, through a combination of public education, increased enforcement efforts and community-identified street improvements. A meeting to launch this safety effort is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16th from 2:30-4:00pm at the Lake City Community Center (located at 12531 28th Ave NE). If you’d like to learn more, or participate in this effort, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.