Pedestrian transported to Harborview after being hit by vehicle on Hwy 99 Sunday night

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 99 at 238th Street Southwest in Edmonds early Sunday evening.

According to Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure, the pedestrian — a 46-year-old Bothell man — was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. He was not in a crosswalk when he was hit at around 6:13 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle, a 52-year-old Edmonds man, was being cooperative with police and showed no sign of impairment, McClure said.

Traffic investigators responded to the scene and Highway 99 south of 238th Street Southwest was expected to be closed for some time, police said.

  1. This is sad to hear and hope that man will be ok. In general, this intersection is dangerous even when pedestrian’s are in the crosswalk. There have been countless accidents here. When will the city add a turn signal to slow cars down?

  2. An unfortunate situation, for sure. I drive this intersection 5-6x per day as I live down in the Ballinger neighborhood. The fact there are no turn signals for the 238th lights (i.e., driver is on 238th and crossing or turning on to 99) is the singular reason you see so many accidents here, in addition to speed. Without much exaggeration, I have almost seen an accident here on every other occasion as people play chicken with each other trying to turn and go northbound on HWY99 coming out of the Safeway intersection with the people who want to cross HWY99 on 238th are going straight. In no circumstance should you assume people are going to wait for you to cross HWY99 and go straight. Now with the U-turns added, it is even worse. There needs to be an installed and dedicated turn signal or this will keep happening!

    1. 238th is one of only two intersections on SR99 that does not have a Protected Left Turn (what traffic engineers call it). Signals are designed so left turn vehicles gets a green light to turn across a crosswalk while pedestrians have a Walk light! A designed-in, built-in safety hazard. Edmonds Public Works is aware of this hazard but has declined to fix it.

  3. At that time of night this time of year it is dark out. The speed limit there is 45 mph & it is a highway. Granted drivers exceed the speed limit. However, when I driving back from an event the other night, a man crossed Hwy 99 between blocks dressed all in dark clothing. I almost didn’t see him in time to slow down. Even observing the speed limit there is very little time & distance to slow down, much less stop.

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