Seattle, WA (June 14, 2021) - An off-duty officer was killed while assisting with a traffic accident in the Seattle area on Sunday morning, June 13.
Local reports indicated that there was a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 5 near the on-ramp for Spokane Street just past midnight in the downtown area. All lanes excluding the HOV lane were closed due to the accident. An additional crash was later reported on the highway near S. Columbian Way.
At around 1:18 a.m., it was reported that a pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle. Sources later revealed that 38-year-old Alexandra Brenneman Harris, a Seattle police officer, had just ended her shift and had stopped to assist with the initial accident. One of the drivers involved in the pileup crash stole Harris’ vehicle. The officer was later pronounced dead. The driver who struck Harris remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities.
An ongoing crash investigation is underway. More details will be provided as time progresses.
At this time, we would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Alexandra Brenneman Harris.
Fatal Pedestrian Crashes in Seattle WA
Many Seattle residents choose to travel by foot for a variety of reasons, but accidents statistics reveal that this is not always a safe bet. Despite the fact that pedestrians have the same right to the road as any other driver, numerous motorists continue to cause fatal pedestrian collisions. Pedestrian fatalities continue to grow year after year, despite a countrywide drop in passenger vehicle mortality. Pedestrians have about a 1.5 greater chance than drivers to die in a collision, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrians have significantly less protection in the event of a collision, making them more vulnerable to death. In 2017, a pedestrian was killed in a collision every 88 minutes on average.
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