In other items: Tree removal to close road, cause power cut; and not-guilty plea in death-plot case.

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A North Bend man was in critical condition yesterday after being hit by a pickup Monday on 148th Avenue Northeast in the Overlake neighborhood, police said.

John Watson, 45, was apparently trying to cross 148th at its intersection with Northeast 22nd Street about noon Monday when the truck driven by a 22-year-old Redmond man hit him.

Watson was taken to intensive care at Harborview Medical Center.

The truck driver, whose name wasn’t released, stopped immediately and has been cooperative, police said.

Police would not say what caused the accident. But in a news release, they noted that the intersection has pedestrian signals and reminded people to obey them.


Tree removal to close road, cause power cut

The 300 block of Bellevue’s Shoreland Drive Southeast will be closed today between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. while a crane removes a hazardous tree.

During the closure, there will be no access to the Shoreland Drive homes. Power will be turned off at the time because of power lines in the work area.


Not-guilty plea in death-plot case

A 45-year-old Kirkland woman pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that she tried to have witnesses killed or intimidated in her pending identity-theft case.

Elizabeth Coan was charged last week in King County Superior Court with solicitation of first-degree murder, solicitation of first-degree assault and solicitation of malicious placement of an explosive. She also is charged with two counts of solicitation of witness tampering, a gross misdemeanor.

According to prosecutors, Coan asked her son, Nicholas Coan, to have a witness killed with a car bomb and to have another witness beaten so badly he would forget his testimony.

Elizabeth Coan remained in King County Jail yesterday with bail set at $1 million.

Nicholas Coan was fatally shot Jan. 21, two days before his mother was arrested on the murder-for-hire charges. His girlfriend has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. Police say the two cases are not related.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau