Car hits boy in crosswalk on Newport Way Northwest

June 26, 2015

UPDATED — 6:11 p.m. June 26, 2015

For residents of Northwest Oakcrest Drive, the inevitable happened.

A 4-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive at about 11:30 a.m. today as the boy and his mother crossed westbound Newport Way. The boy was walking a few steps ahead of his mother, who was pushing his bike behind him. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The boy is currently in critical condition in intensive care, according to a Harborview spokeswoman.

The driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old Klahanie woman, stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol involved.

About 45 minutes after the accident, a woman later identified as the boy’s grandmother came upon the scene, shocked by what she saw. Immediately recognizing the boy’s bike, still in the crosswalk, and his shoes nearby, she began to wail in grief, not knowing the fate of her grandson.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Department officer Troy Kemp restrains a distraught and wailing woman after she rushes past barrier tape and picks up a shoe of her 5-year-old grandson June 26 in the crosswalk of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive. The boy had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorist in a black Fiat.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Department Officer Troy Kemp restrains a distraught and wailing woman after she rushes past barrier tape and picks up a shoe of her 5-year-old grandson in the crosswalk of Newport Way Northwest at Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. The boy had been transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorist in a black Fiat.

 

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Child on bicycle hit by a car on Newport Way Northwest

June 26, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 26, 2015

A 5-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive about an hour ago.

The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the child stopped after the accident and is cooperating with Issaquah police, the city said on Twitter.

Newport Way Northwest is closed in both directions from state Route 900 to Northwest Oakcrest Drive. The city asks that people use alternate routes, if possible.

No further information about this morning’s accident was available.

Three years ago, two dogs were hit and killed in the same crosswalk.

By David Hayes Police are on the scene where a 5-year-old boy was struck by a car at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

By David Hayes
Police are on the scene where a 5-year-old boy was struck by a car at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Flashing yellow arrows coming to more streets

June 10, 2015

The city of Issaquah is adding flashing yellow left-turn arrow traffic signals at intersections throughout Issaquah.

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Goo in Tibbetts Creek is deicer, not hazardous

June 3, 2015

As he lives near Tibbetts Creek and frequently walks along the shore, Issaquah resident Steve Engelbrekt said it was hard for him not to notice the black tinge that appeared in the creek at about 2 p.m. May 25.

The blackness appeared around state Route 900 and Newport Way Northwest, Engelbrekt said.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he added, saying he really didn’t get much of an answer when he called the city about the problem.

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Recreation, pathways also figure into city’s concurrency plan

January 27, 2015

Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.

For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees.  While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.

The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.

All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more

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Traffic plan may cost $300 million

December 9, 2014

Package would include 500 percent increase in impact fees

Looking to accommodate expected residential and retail growth without creating gridlock on city streets, Issaquah’s administration has come up with a $300 million transportation plan that could accommodate up to an additional 8,000 car trips on local streets per day.

But to help pay for all the needed road improvements, administration officials have proposed a 500 percent hike in the traffic impact fees developers pay.

For a single-family unit, developers currently pay $1,700, said David Hoffman, North King County manager for the Master Builders Association. If the proposed increases were adopted, that figure jumps to $8,600.

The impact fees would not cover the entire cost of the plan, which includes $250 million for roadwork and an additional $50 million for bike paths and pedestrian accommodations, city consultant Randy Young said in an interview.

Young said the city would need to fund the remainder at a cost of approximately $165 million for roadwork and roughly $26 million for bike and pedestrian pathways.

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Arena Sports purchases Sammamish Club, announces changes

February 6, 2013

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013

Change is coming to the Sammamish Club fitness and tennis facility at the base of Cougar Mountain.

Seattle-based Arena Sports intends to purchase the property. Plans call for the company upgrade the pool and fitness areas, and convert the tennis courts into a soccer field and indoor inflatable playground.

Arena Sports also operates facilities at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, South Seattle and Redmond.

The closing date for the Sammamish Club property is set for March 1.

The property consists of adjoining structures — a 24,000-square-foot indoor tennis facility built in 1978 and a 24,148-square-foot fitness facility built in 1999 — on 4.46 acres visible from Interstate 90 and Newport Way Northwest.

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Joshua Schaer is first City Council member from Talus

January 8, 2013

Councilman Joshua Schaer moved to Talus late last month and, in the process, became the first City Council member from the Cougar Mountain urban village.

Joshua Schaer

The change offers Schaer a perspective on city issues from the quiet urban village perched above state Route 900.

Construction escalated in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Talus and the Issaquah Highlands, both hillside urban villages, but the neighborhoods existed for more than a decade before a resident achieved citywide elected office.

In 2010, Mark Mullet became the first resident from the highlands to join the council. (Mullet, a state senator elected in November, recently resigned from the post to serve in Olympia.)

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Editorial

January 1, 2013

2013 goals are imperative for Issaquah

Our news staff and editorial board put their heads together each year to create a list of 2013 goals for the Issaquah area. Some are repeats from former years, but are still waiting to be accomplished.

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Parks task force recommends 2013 property tax measure

December 10, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 10, 2012

King County voters could decide next year on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.

Late last month, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.

The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Constantine convened the task force to explore options future funding.

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