A Kent fire chief, a combat medic and two King County detox van drivers rushed to a man’s aid Thursday night in downtown Seattle after he was struck by driver.
A man was crossing the street at Minor Ave and Howell St at 10:20 pm when he was struck by a 2013 Lincoln sedan. The man sustained a serious head injuries in the collision.
A Kent Fire Department Deputy Chief happened to be driving by the crash scene and stopped to provide medical aid to the man. A veteran United States Marine Corps Combat Medic and two medically trained personnel in a King County Emergency Services Patrol van (sometimes known as the “detox van”) also happened to be on-scene at the time of the collision, and joined the fire chief in providing medical aid to the pedestrian using a trauma kit.
Police and Seattle Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene three minutes after the crash and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Traffic collision detectives responded to the scene and are now trying to determine what led to the crash. Police interviewed the driver of the Lincoln and released him pending further investigation. Officers did not find any indications of impairment.
The Seattle Police Department wants to thank all four people who jumped into action to help the seriously injured man. Officer Jared Levitt, the first officer to arrive, said of the Deputy Chief, “His actions at this scene brought credit to the Kent Fire Department, and to the firefighting profession at large.”