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Serious Injury Collision in University District, Suspect in Custody

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are conducting their investigation following a serious, multi-vehicle collision in the University District this afternoon.

Shortly after 4:00 pm, a man driving a Honda SUV was involved in a hit and run collision at NE 45th Street and Roosevelt Way NE.  The driver continued southbound on Roosevelt Way at a high rate of speed.  The Honda collided with a motorcycle and another vehicle that were stopped for a traffic light at NE 42nd and Roosevelt, causing significant damage to the motorcycle and injury to the adult male rider of the motorcycle.  The suspect driver then drove westbound on NE 42nd  before colliding with a pole at 9th Avenue NE and NE 42nd.  The suspect, an adult male in his twenties, then called 911 to report the collision and walked back to the scene at 42nd and Roosevelt.  Officers had arrived at the intersection by that time and called for Seattle Fire to aid the injured motorcycle rider.  The suspect attempted to run away from the scene but was quickly apprehended by officers.

The injured motorcycle rider was transported by Seattle Fire medics to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.  The occupants of the other cars involved were evaluated at the scene by Seattle Fire, but did not need to be transported to the hospital.

The suspect is being evaluated and processed for impaired driving and will be booked into the King County Jail later tonight.  TCIS detectives continue conduct their investigation.  Roosevelt Way NE southbound from NE 42nd Street and 42nd to 9th Avenue NE are closed during this investigation.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.