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(UPDATED) Officer Involved Collision in South Lake Union Neighborhood 

UPDATE: 01/26/2023 2:37 p.m.

Seattle Police Department statement:

We want to acknowledge the many questions we are receiving regarding the collision Monday night between an SPD officer and a pedestrian.  As is the case with any serious motor vehicle collision, this incident is under investigation by SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad, consistent with SPD policy (Manual Section 13.010).  We acknowledge that there is understandably tremendous interest in the surrounding facts, but for purposes of both preserving the integrity of the investigation and respecting the family’s right to privacy, will not be putting out information over and beyond what has already been provided. We will provide all publicly releasable information, including the report, once we are able to do so, and in consultation with the family.

We extend our deepest condolences to Ms. Kandula’s family and friends. This incident is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved.

UPDATE: 01/25/2023 03:30 p.m.

The officer driving the marked patrol SUV was traveling northbound on Dexter Avenue North when responding with Seattle Fire Department to a priority one call.

The female pedestrian was crossing from east to west in the crosswalk when the collision occurred.

UPDATE: 01/24/2023 01:53 p.m.

The 23-year-old female pedestrian has died after being struck by a Seattle Police officer in a marked patrol SUV.

The officer was responding with the Seattle Fire Department* to a priority one call. The officer driving during the collision has been with the department since November of 2019.

SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad continues to investigate the collision and circumstances of the incident.

We will provide further updates as additional information becomes available.

*Originally posted as “at the request of the Seattle Fire Department.”

Seattle Police responded to a collision involving a marked patrol vehicle and a pedestrian near the intersection of Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street in the South Lake Union neighborhood.  

Just after 08:00 p.m., officers arrived and located the 23-year-old female victim with life-threatening injuries. Police performed CPR while waiting for the arrival of the Seattle Fire Department.  

When SFD personnel arrived, the firefighters took over life-saving measures. The female victim was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.  

All circumstances leading up to the collision will be part of the investigation and available information will be shared at a later time.  

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad will be leading the investigation.  

If anyone has information about the incident, please call (206) 684-8923. 

*Updated 01/24/2023 01:40 p.m.