Flowers were placed near the area where a 2-year-old Redmond girl was struck by a car and killed at Redmond Town Center on the evening of July 1. No charges have been filed against the 25-year-old Kenmore male driver. The investigation is still ongoing.
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 the next morning said the playground was to 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. and were quickly on scene. Gorman said the girl, later identified as Susie Dreher, darted out from the nearby playground into the street as the driver slowed to a stop and struck Dreher, who died on scene. Dreher was at Redmond Town Center with her older sister and their nanny to get ice cream, according to a family relative.
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.”
RPD Cmdr. Erik Scairpon said that many witnesses — including the driver behind the 25-year-old — gave statements noting that the driver didn’t appear to be at fault.
There was a celebration of Dreher’s life on July 9 at the Happy Valley Grange in Redmond.