Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Unfathomable

Our friend Joan was hit by a car on Friday, her birthday, as she waited for a bus outside her house about a block from ours--she was headed downtown to meet with friends to celebrate.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – A 70-year-old Bellevue resident standing at a metro bus stop was struck by a car that crossed the center line and went over the curb.
The accident happened Friday afternoon at about 3:45 p.m. in the 4700 block of 119th Avenue SE.
The 53-year-old Everett driver apparently blacked out losing control of the car.
The woman was hit and was carried about 50 feet into a yard. Medics found the woman unconscious and transported her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
It was not immediately known if speed, drugs or alcohol were a factor in this accident.
The Bellevue Police Department is looking for any witnesses to the collision, and is asking for them to call the Bellevue Police Business line at 425-452-6917.

The "yard" Joan was "carried into" is her own backyard. She was waiting for the bus at a stop directly in front of her house. Knowing Joan, an avid reader, she probably never saw the car as she faced south in the direction of the oncoming bus. The car and driver, coming from the north, obviously didn't see her. At the bottom of the picture is her purse.

She'll be in the hospital for several weeks as she has pins and plates inserted surgically to help repair her broken right knee, tibia and pelvis.

Waiting for a bus on the sidewalk. You feel protected by an invisible "bubble." Doing the right thing, leaving the car at home. It's 3:45 on a sunny afternoon. On your birthday? Outside your house? I'm only beginning to take it in. Poor Joan. Thank goodness her family is here and friends and neighbors are poised to help speed her recovery.

And I'll be trying to figure out what recourse we have to ensure this never happens in our neighborhood again.


Presto said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I had heard about this accident, but I didn't know that it was a friend of yours. My best wishes for a good recovery.

I don't know what can be done to prevent this, other than banning cars completely from the road. Fortunately, things like this are rare, but unfortunately for your friend, they do happen on occasion. If someone blacks out behind the wheel, the car is likely to leave the road.

Waiting4Audrey said...

I was on that 240 bus with my young daughter last Friday at about 3:55. We boarded the bus in front of the old Red Apple. The bus was a little late because of the traffic and paving of the roads. I think, if the bus had been on time this would not have happened. I knew about the accident because the bus was stopped on 119th and 47th where there were police and an ambulance. It was not clear at the time from inside the bus what the accident was. I found out from reading the news Friday night. It is scary to think that we could have been waiting at that bus stop just like your friend and been in her shoes. We have to all remember to be aware of what is around us when we are on the sidewalk. Your friend is in my thoughts and I wish her my best.

T. Clear said...

Robin I am so sorry to hear about your friend Joan....

Megan Chapman said...

oh this is just awful. You just never know...

I hope your friend is already well on her way to recovery.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

awful, awful, awful.... i hope joan is recovering. it's been a while since you posted this. it's been a while since i've been to visit too (obviously) lots have happened in my life in the meantime which has taken me away from the bloggyhood.

hope all is well. namaste.