(Photo by TSPN’s Patrick Sand)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 8:57 PM: At least one person is reported dead in a crash involving a car hitting a pole in the 9200 block of 8th Avenue South, according to Seattle Police. Scanner traffic also mentioned multiple survivors with serious injuries, and SPD is calling out the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad, which means the road will be closed a while. More as we get it.
9:57 PM UPDATE: Just back from the scene, where we talked with Lt. Alan Williams from the Southwest Precinct. The car’s driver, a man believed to be in his early 20s, is dead; four other people were taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries, life-threatening for three of them. The crash is almost on the city/county line – Lt. Williams says the person who reported it didn’t witness it but happened onto the aftermath. He says they believe the car was headed north on 8th and had trouble making a curve, crashing into the pole. Investigators were just arriving as we left, so that stretch of 8th is likely to be closed for hours.
10:50 PM UPDATE: Via Twitter, SPD says one of the survivors has died at the hospital.
MONDAY MORNING UPDATE, 7:42 AM: Here’s what SPD Detective Renée Witt has just posted to SPD Blotter:
A black 1990 Acura Integra was traveling north on 8 Av S and failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, and subsequently struck a telephone pole, causing significant damage to both the vehicle and pole.
The driver, a 16 year-old male was killed instantly. Four additional occupants, all juveniles were treated on scene by Seattle Fire Department and transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) via Medics. One of the passengers, a female also succumbed to her injuries shortly after arriving at HMC. The additional three occupants were listed in critical and/or serious condition.
Traffic Collision Investigators responded and processed the scene. It is not yet known if alcohol and/or drugs contributed to this collision. This is an open and active investigation.
MONDAY, 2:05 PM: Though their identities have not been officially released, the victims have been identified in multiple places online as Lucie Hernandez and Luis Martinez. Tribute pages have been launched on Facebook, too – this one for both of them, this one for Lucie.