Car Collides into Pole Sending Two Children to the Hospital

Detectives are investigating a one-vehicle collision that resulted in two children being transported to the hospital with injuries.  At approximately 4:09 p.m. officers responded to 911 reports of a vehicle that collided into a pole just south of the intersection of 23rd Avenue and East Jefferson Street. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that the adult female driver was traveling northbound on 23rd Avenue approaching East Jefferson Street in a blue Honda.  For reasons yet to be determined she lost control of the Honda, drove up on the sidewalk and collided into a light pole.  The driver was not injured as a result of the collision.

There were two young children on board, both of whom were injured.  Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported a 7-year-old female child to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of her life-threatening injuries.  Another child was transported by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries (this second child was in a child safety seat).

Drug Recognition Expert officers responded to the scene to assist with the investigation of the driver, which remains on-going.  

The northbound lanes of 23rd Avenue have been completely shut down while officers and detectives conduct their on-scene investigation. 

The road is estimated to be back open to all traffic at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.