Woman, 85, at Harborview after being hit by car in downtown Edmonds Monday

An 85-year-old Edmonds woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center Monday with serious injuries after she was struck by a car in the 800 block of Walnut in downtown Edmonds Monday afternoon, Edmonds police said.

Friends of the victim identified her as long-time Edmonds resident Ellie Bonanno. Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh said that Bonanno walked in front of a vehicle that was headed east on Walnut Street around 5 p.m. The vehicle’s driver, described as a “70-plus-year-old local resident,” didn’t have time to stop or avoid hitting her, Marsh said.

“There is no suspicion of alcohol or drugs being a factor nor any other traffic violation,” Marsh added. “While the investigation is still ongoing charges are not expected at this time.”


  1. I am so sorry to hear this. Ellie has been a vibrant and active senior citizen. She’s been active in the Sno-King School Retirees since retiring from the Edmonds School District, including serving two terms as co-president. She has been a long-time Mariners fan, and has worked as an usher for many years (including the most recent season).

    I wish Ellie a speedy and complete recovery. She is a true Edmonds gem.

  2. All Ellie’s friends at the Edmonds Senior Center are so sorry to hear of their dear friends unfortunate accident and are hoping and praying for her complete recovery.

  3. I wish a speedy recovery for Ellie. I hope that something positive can come out of this accident. We need an ongoing campaign for Pedestrian Awareness. We have so many walkers in Edmonds, but cars are focused on the street, not so much on pedestrians. The more proactive things we do, the better. The orange flags on 3rd are one example. The MPH sign on Olympic near Daley Place is another. Our hills help cars go faster. It’s easy to go over the speed limit. Pedestrians have to be aware of cars and vice versa. We can do better.

  4. Very well said, Barbara. While speed doesn’t appear to have been a factor in this very unfortunate accident, traffic generally moves much too fast throughout our city. Too many drivers seem to often forget that they too are sometimes pedestrians. Hopefully in the not too distant future the city will have more funds available to use for traffic enforcement.

    1. The car was traveling east. It is not clear if the driver was speeding. Going west on Walnut, however, cars whiz by. Speed is a problem in many places. If she was crossing over from the north, the driver might have been able to see her. But the time it happened was 5:00 between dusk and dark and it is one of the worst times for visibility. I think just a general awareness of pedestrians is a worthy effort. I have considered carrying an orange flag with me. I wonder what the police would recommend. I live near Olympic and Daley and notice people do slow down where there is a MPH sign in that area.
      Let’s hope that some more effort for pedestrian safety will happen

  5. We, who have been Ellie’s friends for many years, are shocked and sad about the accident. I used to live further down the hill on Walnut, and noted that few drivers downshifted and kept braking to maintain a low speed heading downhill. Heading uphill, the hill is so steep that acceleration is necessary to just maintain the low speed limit. This could happen often at that site. How tragic that it happened to Ellie.
    Ellie has always been an observant, fun-loving and alert person. My heart goes out to her, and her family.

  6. I am so sad to post this but Ellie passed away yesterday. Being hit by a car and esp at 85 years old was just too much. Thank you for all your loving words about precious Ellie.
    When I hear more what the plans are for her service I will post it.

    Sunshine Lady/Louise Gee@EdmondsSenior Center

  7. Ellie was a colleague, friend and member of our church, Maplewood Presbyterian. What a tragedy. What a loss. The world will soon say goodbye to a wonderful lady in a memorial service, but Heaven will have gained another Saint. I feel grateful to have been called her friend.

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