Car Strikes Pedestrian on Dark, Rainy Night in Juanita

The man struck was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a possible skull fracture, but was conscious and did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred just hours after a bank robbery a block away at Juanita Village.


A man was injured after being struck by a car in a crosswalk at the main intersection in the downtown Juanita area of Kirkland Wednesday night. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

The incident occurred at about 9:20 p.m., less than four hours after an armed robbery of the Juanita Village Wells Fargo Bank just a block away. See that story by clicking here.

The 17-year-old driver of the car told police he saw the traffic light signal turn, and then took a right onto northbound 98th Ave NE from westbound NE 116th Street.

The victim was hit in a marked crosswalk, and suffered apparent head injuries, possibly a skull fracture and other broken bones. He was taken by an aid unit to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“He was conscious and he had no life threatening injuries,” said Kirkland Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Dettmer.

The young driver was shaken by the incident but not injured. Kirkland police said there was no sign he was impaired and he cooperated fully during the investigation.

Kirkland Police Department Sgt. Rob Saloum said an officer was on scene almost immediately after the pedestrian was hit, and that driving conditions were not good, both dark and rainy.

Several Kirkland Patch readers and contacts reported intense police activity Wednesday night in Juanita, just after the bank robbery and again after the pedestrian was struck, the latter incident blocking the intersection by police and fire department activity. “Good God! What a night for Kirkland,” said one.

JuneGloom December 20, 2012 at 05:43 PM
So hard to see pedestrians in the dark and rain. And it's often dark, mornings and early evenings included.
Greg Johnston December 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
June, I absolutely agree. I live off Juanita Drive and its even visibility can be even more difficult with all the background vegetation, especially at dusk/dawn!
Penguincrazy December 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I have seen many people lately crossing mid street in dark clothes. I know pedestrians have the right of way but just because you step off of a curb does not mean you are automatically visible! People before you cross make sure you are seen it is our responsibility to stop for you but it is your resposibilty to make sure you are in a cross walk and seen!
Greg Johnston December 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
True Penguincrazy, for their own sake. I often see people jogging along Juanita Drive and elsewhere wearing dark clothes on dark days and nights, sometimes actually in the same direction as traffic. Not smart!
Eastside Resident December 21, 2012 at 04:25 PM
What?! If spotting pedestrians in the dark and rain is a problem for you, then you shoudn't be driving. The person was struck at a crosswalk. You are supposed to slow down at crosswalks.


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