Washington State Patrol detectives seek witnesses to a felony hit-and-run collision

September 1, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 1, 2015

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run, injury collision that occurred Aug. 27 on westbound Interstate 90/state Route 900 near Issaquah.

At approximately 9:35 p.m., the victims, who were traveling in the HOV lane on a motorcycle, were struck by, according to witnesses, a maroon, mid-1990’s passenger vehicle, possibly a Honda or Toyota. The suspect vehicle struck the motorcycle while passing on the left shoulder of the highway. The suspect vehicle should have damage to the right rear door and right rear quarter panel.

Washington State Patrol Two people were injured when a vehicle hit this motorcycle on Interstate 90. Police are looking for the driver, who left the scene.

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Two people were injured when a vehicle hit this motorcycle on Interstate 90. Police are looking for the driver, who left the scene.

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Woman struck and killed on I-90 while trying to help with previous accident

July 23, 2015

A woman who witnessed a three-car collision and stopped to help was killed as she attempted to cross westbound Interstate 90 east of West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah, Washington State Trooper Clark Jones said.

The accident took place at about 9:30 a.m. July 15.

Duvall resident Katherine Louise Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Fatal accident brings out emotions at crowded City Council session

July 16, 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 about 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site — the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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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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Editorial — Everyone can help keep motorcyclists safe

May 12, 2015

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Department of Licensing, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation have teamed up to remind drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders.

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Washington State Patrol hosts law enforcement camp

April 28, 2015

Washington state high school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement as a career will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about the roles and job opportunities within law enforcement.

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TEA program proved successful for 2014

April 7, 2015

The Washington State Patrol saw a significant reduction in fatality collisions in identified Target Enforcement Areas in 2014.

Target Enforcement Areas are specific zones in District Two (King County) that are considered to have a higher probability of collisions based on historical data.

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Suspect drives stolen vehicle to Washington State Patrol office

March 19, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. March 19, 2015

Washington State Patrol detectives say it’s the easiest auto theft arrest they’d ever had.

An alert motorist, recognizing a stolen vehicle he’d seen from a posting on a European motorist Facebook club, saw the vehicle driving in the Issaquah area on Wednesday, according to a WSP news release.

The motorist got video of the suspect driving around Issaquah and used his cellular phone to report his observations, and then continued following it along Interstate 90 between Issaquah and Bellevue.

The vehicle exited I-90 and drove into the Washington State Patrol district office parking lot in Bellevue, where troopers arrested the driver for auto theft at about 3 p.m.

Contributed Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the driver of this stolen vehicle, after a man drove it into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue.

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Teen seriously injured in Highlands Drive accident

March 15, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. March 15, 2015

A teenage driver was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident along Highlands Drive Northeast at about 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the city of Issaquah.

The 16-year-old girl, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed along Highlands Drive between Northeast Discovery Drive and Interstate 90.

She lost control of the vehicle, crossed all opposite traffic lanes and went over a guardrail into a wooded area below the roadway.

The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Issaquah police are on the scene investigating the accident with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, the release said. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Drivers should prepare for possible delays. As the investigation continues, only one lane of northbound Highlands Drive is open. All southbound lanes are open.

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