Updated at 10 a.m. Monday with additional details from Edmonds police.
An Edmonds-Woodway High School student was seriously injured Saturday night after being hit by a car while playing a popular teen game known as “fugitive” near the high school, Edmonds police confirmed Monday morning.
Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Don Anderson said that police responded to the report of a car-pedestrian accident at 80th Avenue West and 212th Street Southwest around 9 p.m. Saturday. “A large group of juveniles were playing a game referred to as fugitive,” Anderson said. “They were dressed in dark clothing and running between 76th and 5 Corners.” The 14-year-old boy was running diagonally across 212th from 80th Avenue West, outside the crosswalk, where he was struck by an eastbound vehicle.
The driver, a man in his early 50s, “was not impaired in any way and at this point it’s unlikely the incident will result in any charges,” Anderson added.
Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said that firefighters responded to the incident and transported the boy to Harborview Medical Center.
My Edmonds News received reports from knowledgeable sources that the victim is a member of the Edmonds-Woodway High School football team.
Fugitive has been described as an extreme game of a tag — organized through social media — that is typically played in the dark and can draw hundreds of participants. The players divide into teams, with one team trying to catch members of the other team as they attempt to make it to a predetermined location. In most cases, the pursuers ride in cars while those being chased are on foot.