Two people are dead this morning in unrelated accidents after getting out of their cars on area highways.
A man walking on Highway 526 in Everett was killed when he was struck by an SUV. And a woman in Pierce County was struck and killed while standing outside her vehicle.
According to Everett police, the man is believed to have been walking after his vehicle spun out on a patch of ice. He was struck by a woman driving a sport utility vehicle around 5 a.m. The eastbound lanes of the highway, also known as the Boeing Freeway, were shut down after the collision until 7:20 a.m.
“We’re not exactly sure why the pedestrian was in the roadway. We are looking into the possibility of a single-vehicle spinout at the same location with a vehicle that ended up in the grassy median,” said police spokesman Sgt. Robert Goetz.
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Police did not release the name of the man killed. The collision occurred near Seaway Boulevard.
In the other case, a 44-year-old woman was killed while outside her car trying to assist those involved in another accident, this one on Highway 16 at Burnham Drive in the Tacoma area, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill wrote in his Twitter feed.
It’s unclear whether the woman’s death was somehow related to an earlier collision on the highway where a trooper was struck. He suffered a knee injury.[google-map-sc width=”400″ height=”300″ zoom=”8″ align=”center”]