Truck plows into 5 pedestrians in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood

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by KING5.com

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Posted on October 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM

SEATTLE - Police say the woman driving a pickup truck that struck five pedestrians in Seattle appeared to be impaired by alcohol or drugs and has been arrested for investigation of vehicular assault. One of the pedestrians hit was in critical condition.

The accident occurred just before 11 p.m. outside of the Showbox Theater in the 1700 block of First Avenue S in the city's SoDo neighborhood. A concert by Ingrid Michaelson, an indie singer, had just ended.

As people were leaving the venue, the driver of a small pickup truck was heading south on First Avenue S when she slammed into the five people, a man and four women, as they were crossing the street.

There was extensive damage to the front of the truck.

Witnesses were extremely emotional after hearing the crash and seeing people on the ground.

"She was down for a while. She was bleeding and she was unconscious. She wasn't moving then she started moving right before they got here. I think she's okay, I hope she's okay," said an emotional witness Laine Kellman as she wiped away tears.

"A lot of people out here, then people started running over there across the street," said witness Jacobo Pinon.

The injured victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police say one of the women has life-threatening injuries, the other victims were also hurt, but are expected to recover.

There were two other passengers in the truck but they were not hurt.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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