A dump truck was involved in a fatality collision with an 88-year-old man downtown today. At approximately 2:47 p.m. officers responded to a dump truck/pedestrian collision at 2nd Avenue West and West Mercer Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2008 red Kenworth dump truck was facing north on 2nd Avenue West at Mercer Street. The adult male truck driver initiated an eastbound turn and collided with the male pedestrian in the intersection. The circumstances leading up to the collision remain under investigation.
The pedestrian was treated at the scene by fire department medics and subsequently transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The man later died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the collision.
Officers evaluated the 38-year-old male truck driver for signs of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No impairment was detected.
There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in serious traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.
Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.