Friday – September 24, 2021

#2021-251664/West Precinct/Third Watch:

On 09-24-2021 at 0221 hours, a 2004 Ford Expedition driven by a 34-year-old female was northbound on 15th Ave W. The driver failed to negotiate the slight curve in the roadway at W. Galer St. The driver crossed the southbound lanes of 15th Ave W and drove onto the west sidewalk where she struck a power pole sheering it at the base. The vehicle continued northbound on the sidewalk area before crossing W. Garfield St and entering the tiny home encampment on the NW corner. The driver died at the scene. A front seat passenger in her mid-40s suffered minor scratches on her arm. It is possible the driver had a medical emergency, however, that has not been confirmed.

#2021-251762/South Precinct/First Watch:

On 09-24-2021 at 0551 hours, Seattle Fire requested SPD patrol units for traffic control for a gas leak. 2 units arrived. SFD requested additional units. A pipe to a gas meter along 4 Ave S had been broken by unknown means. The odor was very prevalent in the air a block around the primary location. SFD began evacuating nearby homes. Patrol was used to shut down the 2-block perimeter. SRT was requested for signs to close intersections for a 2-block perimeter until PSE arrived to stem the gas flow rendering the area safe for the morning commute. At present the cause is unknown as to aged out pipe, vandalism or some other accident that broke the gas pipe. The location was vacant (no tenant.) A realtor key box was attached to the gas pipe. 4th Ave S reopened at 0701.