Head on collision with life-threatening injuries

On November 11th at approximately 3:23 p.m. officers responded to the area of Olson Place SW and SW Cambridge Place for a multiple-vehicle head on collision with life-threatening injuries. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 51-year-old male was driving westbound in his Nissan Pathfinder.  The driver crossed the centerline and struck a 1999 Saturn head on.  The driver of the Saturn, a 22-year-old male, was transported to Harborview Medical Center by SFD medics with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The Pathfinder then spun around and was struck on the driver’s side by an eastbound, on-coming Toyota Camry.  The Camry was being driven by a 63-year-old female, who was subsequently transported to Harborview Medical Center by SFD medics with life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the Pathfinder was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Officers evaluated the driver of the Pathfinder for signs of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs.  A blood draw was performed and the laboratory results are pending further investigation.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in traffic incidents involving serious injuries, and that subsequently require collision reconstruction and extensive follow up investigation.  

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

The road was closed in both directions and traffic re-routed so detectives could effectively conduct their on-scene investigation.  It is estimated that the road will be closed until approximately 10:00 p.m.