City to investigate safety fixes after pedestrian hit by 2 vehicles while crossing 132nd

Sep 15, 2017

A 16-year-old female crossing 132nd Street SE near 35th Avenue SE in Mill Creek at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, was hit by two separate vehicles and sustained traumatic injuries. The roadway was closed in both directions while an investigation took place.

On Tuesday, Police Chief Greg Elwin told the City Council said people jaywalking in that area has been an ongoing problem because legal crosswalks in either direction are so far away for pedestrians who live halfway between those crosswalks.

During the investigation that evening, he said he overheard several youths from about ages 8 to 15 comment that they regularly jaywalk in that area.

“You can see the traffic signal at 35th, and if you’re a kid you’re going to say, ‘I don’t want to walk all the way down there.’”

With new apartments and other homes being built nearby, Elwin said, “This problem is only going to get worse.”

He suggested that the speed limit on the road, which is a state highway (SR 92), be lowered from 45 mph to 35 mph, and that well-marked crosswalks with activator buttons could be installed between the major intersections.

“The key is to lower the speed limit to something reasonable,” Elwin said.

The young lady was attempting to cross the roadway in the middle of the 3300 block, where no crosswalk exists near the Thomas Lake shopping center.

The roadway also is dark in this location. As she stood in the median, a truck headed in the eastbound direction was turning left and knocked her off the median into westbound traffic.

She was then hit again by another vehicle, which was headed westbound.

Mill Creek Police and Snohomish Fire District 1 were dispatched to the scene. Due to her injuries, the young lady was transported in an ambulance to Harborview Medical Center.

Mill Creek Police’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the incident. Police report that there is no indication of drugs or alcohol involved. Drivers of both vehicles remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

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