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A 23-year-old pedestrian struck Monday night by a Seattle police patrol vehicle in South Lake Union has died, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Seattle police said on Tuesday afternoon that an officer was responding to an urgent “priority one” call with the Seattle Fire Department when the woman was hit.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as Jaahnavi Kandula and determined the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries.

Police have not released any details Tuesday about how the incident occurred and have declined to identify the officer.

“At this point in the investigation, we have no reason to believe the officer intended to hit that woman,” said SPD spokesperson Detective Valerie Carson, adding that it is not being handled as a use of force case.


Detectives from the traffic collision investigation squad are leading the investigation.

The officer, who has been with the department since November 2019, won’t be working his next shift, but instead will be taking a “release day,” Carson said. Release days are part of SPD’s officer wellness program after “traumatic or upsetting” incidents. They must be approved by the officer’s chain of command.

Police responded to the scene near the intersection of Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, police said in an online blotter post.

Responding officers found the woman with life-threatening injuries and performed CPR before the Fire Department arrived, according to the post.  

Firefighters then took over lifesaving measures, police said. The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.  

Anyone with information is asked to call 206-684-8923. 

Seattle Times staff reporter David Kroman contributed to this report.