Elderly Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Somerset Crash

An elderly Bellevue man was seriously injured last night after he was struck by a vehicle while walking less than a block from his residence. Last night at 4:40 p.m., Bellevue Police and medics responded to a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a car near the intersection of SE 43rd Street and Somerset Blvd SE. The pedestrian was transported by Bellevue medics to Harborview hospital with serious injuries. Investigators believed that the pedestrian, an 88-year-old Bellevue resident, was walking in the roadway at dusk when he was struck by a 2007 Infinity sedan driven by a 18-year-old Bellevue resident. Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash. Investigators with the Bellevue Police Department’s collision investigation unit are investigating this crash.

The roadway that the pedestrian was on was equipped with traffic calming speed bumps as well as a sidewalk on one side of the roadway. With the sun setting earlier during the winter months, Bellevue Police remind motorists to be aware that pedestrians may be on residential roadways after dark.

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Bellevue Medics treat a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle last night in the Somerset neighborhood.

 

Holiday Events to Impact Bellevue Traffic

The Bellevue Magic Season begins its annual run downtown this Friday with a holiday parade taking over busy Bellevue Way, between Northeast Fourth and Eighth streets, for one hour nightly. Visitors should expect heavy traffic as people surge into downtown for the festivities.

Bellevue Way lights up with a parade every night at 7 p.m. from November 23rd through December 25th

Nightly performances at the popular Snowflake Lane will require the daily closures of the following streets from Friday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Dec. 24:

  • Bellevue Way Northeast, from Northeast Fourth Street to Northeast Eighth Street, will be closed 6:45-7:45 p.m. The parade begins at 7 p.m.
  • Northeast Sixth Street, from 105th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast, will be closed 6-7:45 p.m.
  • During closures on Bellevue Way Northeast, visitors to the Bellevue Arts Museum may park in the Westin Hotel parking garage, accessible from 105th Avenue Northeast.

Other Magic Season activities include: Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden; the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink, presented by Alaska Mileage Plan, at Downtown Park; holiday productions at the Meydenbauer Center Theatre; and Gingerbread Workshops at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. More information is available on Magic Season.

Please drive carefully this holiday season, take a little extra travel time to reach your destination safely and watch for pedestrians in crosswalks and driveways.

Also, consider using other modes of transportation to avoid getting caught in traffic. Tools and resources are available at ChooseYourWayBellevue.org.

Keep up to date on traffic impacts by checking the city’s traffic advisories, updated weekly, the real-time Bellevue traffic map and cameras on Twitter.