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Man dies after possible medical issue causes single vehicle collision in Ballard

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on April 17th, 2014

A 62-year-old man died yesterday after his car mounted the curb and struck a telephone pole on 8th Ave NW. Check out more from the SPD Blotter below:

A man died yesterday following a single vehicle collision in North Seattle. On April 16, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m., a silver 2004 Honda Odyssey was travelling south on 8 Ave NW approaching NW 65th St.

For unknown reasons, the vehicle jumped the west curb, drove over the raised, planted median and travelled south in the northbound lane. The vehicle ultimately struck a telephone pole, disabling the vehicle and causing moderate front end damage.

The first arriving SPD officers on scene performed CPR on the unresponsive 62 year-old male driver (sole occupant) of the Honda; SFD took over lifesaving efforts when they arrived. The male was transported to NW Hospital via Medics and was pronounced deceased very shortly after arriving at the hospital.

It is believed, but not yet been verified that the male suffered a medical episode prior to the collision.

The investigation continues.

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4 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Gordon // Apr 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Why would they transport him to NW hospital when Ballard Swedish is much closer?

  • 2 Avatar of Catherine Catherine // Apr 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Good question Gordon especially when time to treatment in these cases is so critical.

  • 3 Josh // Apr 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    He was treated first at the scene. The best emergency room to take someone is not necessarily the closest one. Ballard may have been too busy already and NW had better available capacity. Also NW Hosp is UW Medicine and Ballard is Swedish with UW Med having the better trauma support (Harborview/UWMC). At least that is the choice I would make. If he was about to have a baby then Swedish is a good choice. Sounds like he might have already been deceased when he struck the utility pole. Kind of sad for his family to be so sudden.

  • 4 david // Apr 19, 2014 at 3:39 am

    does anyone know how to find out who the spd officer that was on sight first.

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