UPDATE: Pedestrian Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Town Center Accident — Mercer Island Police Blotter

The following information from Oct. 29-31 was supplied by the Mercer Island Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Update, 2pm Friday: MIPD Collision Investigation team leader Sgt. Jeff Magnan emailed Mercer Island Patch a response to our inquiries on the health of the accident victim.

"In this case, my understanding is the victim was released from the hospital the day following the collision.  This would lead me to believe that she is not going to parish due to this collision."


Original Story: Mercer Island Police say an 84-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries after she was struck in a crosswalk by an SUV on Monday, Oct. 29 on 76th Avenue SE in Town Center.

A Bellevue woman, 75, was slowly driving a Lexus RX330 SUV southbound on SE 76th Ave. SE and as she approached the intersection with Sunset Highway. She said she looked left at a pedestrian about to cross in the crosswalk as she passed through the intersection when the victim, using a walker, entered the crosswalk to her right and was struck by the SUV at 2:52 p.m. near the Mercer Island Chevron gas station.

The accident caused serious injuries to the woman's head and chest, and Mercer Island Fire EMTs and police found her lying over 8 feet from the point of impact.

According to MIPD Commander Leslie Burns, she was transported to Harborview Medical Center, and as of Thursday afternoon remains in serious condition.

The woman in the SUV was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, a moving violation. Burns said the traffic investigation is still ongoing, but due to the initial citation as an infraction, she said it was unlikely additional charges would be filed in the accident.

"I'd doubt very seriously if they would add-on to that," she said.


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