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Vehicle vs. pedestrian collision with life-threatening injuries

On November 19th at approximately 10:41 a.m. officers responded to a two-vehicle versus pedestrian collision near Renton Avenue South and 62nd Avenue South. A white GMC pickup truck driven by a 43-year-old male was towing a black 1993 Toyota Camry driven by a 45-year-old male (a nylon rope was used as a tow cable). The two vehicles were traveling southeast on Renton Avenue South approaching 62nd Avenue South. At the same time a 44-year-old male pedestrian was crossing 62nd Avenue South in an unmarked crosswalk.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the GMC made a right turn onto 62nd Avenue South. The Camry did not make the turn and continued going straight. The pedestrian’s legs got caught on the towing rope, causing him to lose his footing. The pedestrian fell to the ground, striking his head on the pavement.

SFD Medics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian victim to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Officers evaluated both drivers for signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. No indications of impairment were detected in either driver. Both drivers were subsequently interviewed and released from the scene. Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded and continue to actively investigate.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in serious traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.