Child struck by car, killed at Redmond Town Center, driver from Kenmore

Carnations and a single red rose were placed near the area where a 2-year-old Redmond girl was struck by a car and killed at Redmond Town Center on Wednesday evening.

Flowers mark where the child was struck by a Kenmore driver.

Carnations and a single red rose were placed near the area where a 2-year-old Redmond girl was struck by 25-year-old Kenmore driver and killed at Redmond Town Center on Wednesday evening.

The accident occurred at the intersection of 164th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 74th Street, according to Redmond Police Department (RPD) Cmdr. Charlie Gorman.

“This is a tragic situation for all involved. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim,” said RPD Chief Ron Gibson.

A Redmond Town Center representative on scene Thursday morning said the playground would be open that day and they’re taking a look at the area regarding safety issues.

RPD and the Redmond Fire Department received the call at about 4:57 p.m. on Wednesday and were quickly on scene. Gorman said the girl darted out from the nearby playground into the street as the male driver slowed to a stop and struck the girl, who died on scene.

The driver cooperated with police and agreed to take a voluntary blood draw. According to an RPD press release, at this time, drugs and/or alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the accident.

The driver was heading eastbound on 74th and approaching the stop sign at 164th when the accident occurred. According to the RPD release, “the investigation reveals the driver did not have an opportunity to see the child or to stop in time.”

The RPD traffic division was on scene Wednesday investigating the incident and taking statements from witnesses. The roadway was closed for a while as the investigation was completed.

“So sad, walked by a couple of hours later, all was closed off, police everywhere. Not sure if anyone is to blame here. Condolences to the family and the driver,” reads one post on the Reporter’s Facebook page. “The playground there is very good, (but) dangerously close to the roadway. I would strongly urge those in authority to consider making the whole area peds-only. Removing traffic from the central plaza was a good start. That area is much safer and friendlier now.”

Added another Facebook poster who was at Redmond Town Center when the accident happened: “As a community member, my mind is reeling with the loss of this precious life and the impact it will have on all lives touched by her’s. I realize with a heavy heart that her parents’ and the family’s lives, the nanny’s and driver’s lives and witnesses’ lives changed forever in a split second. If anyone involved in this tragedy is reading this, I pray that God wraps His arms around you and gives you peace.”



More in News

Law would prohibit eye tattoos in Washington state

Canada has already banned this procedure

Split Washington in two? 51st state movement highlights cultural divide

Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane introduces bill to establish state in Eastern Washington called Liberty

Northshore School District feeds families during ‘Snowmaggedon’

Northshore School District served more than 2,000 meals to families in need throughout the district.

Bothell neighbors irked by colleges’ parking garage plan

Five floors and 600 stalls would address a shortage for students of UW Bothell and Cascadia College.

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, activists fight youth incarceration in King County

No New Youth Jail Coalition members send Valentines to King County officials asking them to reconsider funding priorities

Responders rescue man pinned under garbage truck in Kenmore

He spent more than an hour beneath the vehicle, authorities say.

Bothell wants in on region’s affordable housing plans

The mayor asked Challenge Seattle and Microsoft to think of Bothell as an opportunity site.

Most Read