Editorial — City needs to do the right thing regarding crosswalk

July 16, 2015

First, two dogs were killed. They were on leashes, being walked by their owner in a crosswalk.

But someone blew through the crosswalk three years ago and killed the dogs, traumatizing the man who loved them.

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Angry, emotional residents ask Issaquah City Council to do something about area where boy was killed

July 6, 2015

NEW – 11:25 p.m. July 6, 2015

Tina Conforti said the evening prior to the accident, her next door neighbor, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was playing in the sprinkler in her backyard. After clearing it with his parents, she shared a peanut butter sandwich with him.

“A little angel lost his life,” Conforti told the Issaquah City Council at its regular meeting July 6.

She was just one of nearly 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site – the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive

Haochen died June 27 at Harborview Medical Center, the day after a car struck him as he and his mother Xiaoli Tao tried to cross Newport Way Northwest.

Angry and emotional neighbors and residents jammed the council meeting chambers, demanding something be done to make Newport Way a safer street.

By Greg Farrar Most in an audience of 50 people at the Issaquah City Council’s July 6 meeting attended in response to the July 27 death of Haochen Xu after he was hit in a Newport Way Northwest crosswalk the day before. More than a dozen spoke at the lectern during the audience comment portion.

By Greg Farrar
Most in an audience of 50 people at the Issaquah City Council’s July 6 meeting attended in response to the July 27 death of Haochen Xu after he was hit in a Newport Way Northwest crosswalk the day before. More than a dozen spoke at the lectern during the audience comment portion.

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To the Editor — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Dangerous crossing

When will the city do something to really fix the problem?

Well, here we are three years after the former mayor wrote me this letter, promising improvements to the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Officials share progress on local walking and bike paths

July 2, 2015

About a dozen people settled down the evening of June 9 into the Issaquah Trails Center to hear updates from the city and King County regarding local trails and bike paths.

First up with a PowerPoint presentation was Mary Joe de Beck, a city senior program manager, talking about the city’s highly touted Walk and Roll program. The city has hired a great consultant and spent some time trying to include the entire community in the overall plan, de Beck said.

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Child hit in crosswalk dies of injuries

July 1, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. July 1, 2015

Accident was inevitable, neighbors say

Haochen Xu was just 4 ½ years old. The precocious Issaquah Kindercare student loved to read, and could add and subtract pairs of numbers up to 100.

He had a bright future, his parents said. But that future was cut short June 26 when a car struck him in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died from his injuries the next day. The family said the funeral is tentatively set for July 11.

Contributed Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Haochen Xu, 4 1/2, is seen in a school photograph provided by his father Junwei Xu and his mother Xiaoli Tao.

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Young boy struck by car dies

June 29, 2015

NEW — 11:15 a.m. June 29, 2015

A 4-year-old boy struck by a car June 26 in a crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center, according to Issaquah police.

The boy’s mother, who was crossing with him at the time, was not injured.

According to Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad, there was no indication the driver of the vehicle was speeding.

“For some reason, the driver just failed to see them,” Conrad said.

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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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