Man hit before gas station inferno crash has died
SEATTLE -- A man hit by an SUV in North Seattle Monday night shortly before the SUV hit a gas pump and exploded has died, Harborview Medical Center confirmed Wednesday.
The 35-year-old victim died sometime Tuesday, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
The car that caused the wreckage was a 2007 Nissan X-Terra driven by a 60-year-old male driver, driving for Uber at the time, with a 40-year-old woman passenger, police reports say. They were headed north on Holman Road Northwest about 7:50 p.m. when the SUV hit a 1997 Honda Accord that was also headed north.
The crash caused the Honda to slide sideways into a tree on a planting strip, which cut the sedan in half and trapped the 35-year-old driver inside the car.
The SUV continued another two blocks before crashing into a gas station pump at Fourth Avenue Northwest. The vehicle shaved off the gas pump and ignited a "small explosion and fire," according to Seattle police.
The passenger was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and the SUV driver was not injured.
Firefighters extracted the Honda driver from his car and medics took him to Harborview Medical Center, where he died the next day.
"Hearing this news is deeply upsetting," said Uber Safety Spokeswoman Tracey Breeden. "Our hearts and thoughts go out to the grieving family impacted by this tragic event."
Collision detectives responded to the scene and evaluated the SUV driver for signs of impairment. A blood sample was taken from the driver and he was interviewed and released pending the blood lab results, police say.
The victim's family is not speaking with reporters, according to Harborview. The King County Medical Examiner's Office has not yet identified him.
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