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Speeding motorcyclist seriously injured in Sunday morning collision with pickup at Greenwood Avenue and Holman Road

June 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday morning when he collided with a pickup truck. From the SPD Blotter:

At approximately 7:31 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto northbound Greenwood Avenue North from Holman Road Northwest. The officer engaged his emergency lights and siren while attempting to catch up to the motorcyclist, who was several blocks ahead of the officer. The motorcyclist failed to stop.

The motorcyclist turned onto eastbound North 125th Street and the officer lost sight of the him. The officer regained sight of the motorcyclist in the area of the 12200 block of southbound Phinney Avenue North. When the motorcyclist turned onto westbound North 122nd Street the officer again lost sight of the him. The motorcyclist appears to have attempted to turn onto southbound Greenwood Avenue North from North 122nd Street when he collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.

Traffic control devices for the intersection at North 122nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North consist of stop signs facing traffic on North 122nd Street; there are no traffic control devices for traffic on Greenwood Avenue North.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The adult male driver and adult male passenger of the pickup truck were not injured and declined medical attention.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Metro Route 5 is rerouted off Greenwood Avenue between North 105 and North 125 streets until further notice. Metro supervisor vans will be shuttling customers in and out of the rerouted area.

Update 3:20 p.m.: Metro Route 5 has resumed its regular route on Greenwood Avenue now that the scene has been cleared.

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2 injured in rollover accident

October 21st, 2010 by Dale

That helicopter over east Phinney and west Green Lake at 5:30 p.m. was a news chopper capturing the scene of a rollover accident on Woodland Place, just south of North 65th Street.

The car came off southbound Aurora Avenue and flipped three times after hitting the embankment, said Otis Hopkins, who was standing at a nearby bus stop when the accident happened.

“I heard this screech and I saw this car coming off the embankment,” he said. The car rolled, then hit a tree. “It went head over heels.”

Hopkins rushed over to see the passenger hanging upside-down and having a seizure. He and the driver got the man out. The passenger was biting down on his tongue, so Hopkins pushed down on the man’s chin, opening his airway. The man made a sharp inhalation and soon regained consciousness.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and traffic was rerouted around the scene. Both men were taken to area hospitals. The car can be seen in the background, along with Hopkins, who is holding his bike.

Based on tire tracks in the grass and the demolished Blue Star Memorial Highway sign (which had recently been restored), it appears the car came off southbound Aurora Avenue.

Officers at the scene would not speculate on the cause of the accident.

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