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Driver arrested after fatal head on collision in Ballard

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on May 31st, 2016

The Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) is investigating a fatal collision that sadly killed a 34-year-old man early on Sunday morning at 55th and Market.

Read the full report from the SPD Blotter below:

Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating a fatal collision that killed one man early Sunday morning in Ballard.

Shortly before 2:00 a.m., officers responded to a report of a two car, head-on collision near NW 55th Street and NW Market Street. The first vehicle was occupied by a driver and passenger, while the second vehicle was occupied by a lone driver.

The passenger in the first vehicle, a 34-year-old man, sustained critical injuries during the crash and was transported to Harborview, where he later died from his injuries.

Police evaluated the 22-year-old male driver of the first vehicle, and found signs of impairment. He was arrested and taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

He will be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide upon his release from the hospital.

The driver in the second vehicle was not seriously injured in the crash.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene and are investigating.

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12 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Ian // May 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    55th and Market run parallel. Anyone know the cross street?

  • 2 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // May 31, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    @1 Yes, Market is 55th. If the speeding car was heading up hill eastbound, the accident would have been about 400 NW Market St. There have been a few accidents at that location.

  • 3 rene // Jun 1, 2016 at 6:46 am


    That’s the first useful contribution you’ve ever made to this blog.


  • 4 Truth // Jun 1, 2016 at 8:30 am

    With our stupidly lax drunk driving laws, he’ll probably get a deferred prison sentence, 90 days probation and 180 days license suspension.

  • 5 Josh // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    rene is still working on her first useful contribution.

    Truth, your cynicism is out of touch with reality. Vehicular Homicide is a class A felony. It is not a manslaughter charge.

  • 6 He Hate Me // Jun 1, 2016 at 10:19 am

    NW55th Street is east of Market Street; they intersect where Market turns up the hill by Veraci Pizza.

  • 7 Jamie // Jun 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    So tragic – thoughts are with his family. At the hands of an impaired driver – such a sad way to lose one’s life.

    I hope some of this can serve as an educational moment for those in the area, especially with the proliferation of stoned driving.

  • 8 Biff Sparky // Jun 2, 2016 at 6:44 am

    While I haven’t seen the police report/results of blood tests, I do see way too many idiots STILL using their phones in their autos. Jamie knows and was there. People are “stoned” alright, on technology. This proliferation is the new DUI

  • 9 Truth // Jun 2, 2016 at 7:27 am

    @Josh How does your statement negate mine? Any other first world country, he would be thrown in jail and his license taken away for life. I don’t care what class felony he’s charged with, in America he’ll see little to no jail time and be allowed to drive again.

  • 10 Josh // Jun 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Um, Truth, before you get your Speedos in a twist… Written by an attorney –
    “…61 crimes that carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of a specific duration. These include class A felonies, which carry a 10-year minimum sentence (CGS §§ 53a-28 and 53a-29 prohibit suspension or reduction of any sentence for a class A felony, meaning that the 10-year minimum sentence for a class A felony becomes a mandatory minimum)….”

  • 11 rene // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Josh, everyone reading this blog knows full well this person will not spend 10 years in jail– no where near it in fact.

    I’m so glad you find your contributions so useful– can you pat yourself on the back for me?

  • 12 bolide // Jun 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    “Investigated” for Vehicular Homicide does not mean charged with it, still less tried for it.

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