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No Injuries in South-End Car Crash on 84th Ave SE

A Mercedes-Benz crashed head-on into a large tree at 5 p.m. near Islander Middle School, but the passengers inside were uninjured..

No injuries were reported after a black Mercedes sedan crashed head-on into a tree at the intersection of 84th Ave. SE and SE 72nd St. at 6 p.m Thursday evening.

Mercer Island Police Sgt. Brian Noel said an out-of-town couple was driving an S 400 Mercedes-Benz southbound on SE 84th Avenue at around 6 p.m. when the man driving failed to notice the road curving to the right in the darkness and drove straight into a tree.

"The roadway is not very well lit in that area and the man realized he had missed the turn when he saw the sidewalk," Sgt. Noel said. "By then it was too late."

The vehicle's air bags deployed and there were no reported injuries in the crash, and the car was later towed from the scene by Starbuck's Towing.

The large tree at the point of impact, across the street from Islander Middle School, sustained minor damage.

Eva November 30, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I witnessed this accident. Glad no one was hurt, especially since there were teenagers walking nearby just yards away! Lucky no one was on the sidewalk as this occured right at the crosswalk. If you are out walking around after dark, please wear reflective clothing. You never know - freak accidents happen!
Michael Murphy November 30, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Isn't that why cars have lights?
Trevor Hart November 30, 2012 at 04:57 PM
It is an unusual intersection to say the least.
Kendall Watson December 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Holy smokes! I had no idea there were pedestrians present — Some VERY good advice, Eva. If these pedestrians had been wearing reflective clothing, it might have even prevented this accident. This also seems to be a pretty busy intersection for the relatively quiet South-end — perhaps someone might be inclined to send a note to the City Engineer or City Maintenance about erecting a reflective sign here? Seems like this would be a very low-cost solution.

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