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Elderly Motorist Dies of Heart Attack in South-End Crash

Mercer Island Police and Fire units responded last night to the accident on the 8400 block of 83rd Street.

Mercer Island Police say an 83-year-old resident who was suffering from a chronic heart condition died Wednesday night as he was driving his vehicle in the Island Point neighborhood.

MIPD Commander Dave Jokinen said the vehicle crashed at 8:15 p.m. into a hedge and a parked car on the 8400 block of SE 83rd Street at a low rate of speed. The man, who was unwell after a recent spell of bronchitis, suffered a heart attack as he was driving down the street, said police.

According to witnesses nearby, Mercer Island Fire EMTs were the first to respond, followed by several Mercer Island Police cruisers and Bellevue Fire Department paramedics.

A passenger inside the traveling vehicle was unharmed in the crash.

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