A 60-year-old pedestrian was critically injured after a vehicle struck her as she was crossing a street in downtown Seattle on Wednesday evening.
The driver was heading west on Columbia Street shortly before 6 p.m. and turned right onto Fourth Avenue, hitting the pedestrian, said Seattle police spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson.
Medics took the woman to Harborview Medical Center, where she was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit Thursday afternoon, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
The driver, a 62-year-old man, stayed at the scene and was evaluated by traffic-collision detectives, which is standard for collisions that result in serious injuries or death, Jamieson said. The driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to Seattle police.
Seattle in 2015 committed to Vision Zero, a national goal to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030. But SDOT data shows 39 crashes involving pedestrians and drivers resulted in serious injuries or deaths during the first half of 2019 — the highest number since 2010.
This post was updated to reflect that the pedestrian is 60, not 55, which is the age originally provided by officials.
Seattle Times Traffic Lab engagement editor Michelle Baruchman contributed to this report.