Pedestrian crosswalk death under investigation

By Laura Daniali | May 29, 2014

An Edmonds woman was killed on May 20 after she was struck by an SUV while in a downtown Edmonds crosswalk.

Lexie J. Hess, 73, was crossing at the intersection of Fourth Avenue North and Bell Street around 6:30 p.m. when a 36-year-old Edmonds woman struck her in a rented 2014 Nissan Armada.

According to the Edmonds Police Department, the driver was headed westbound on Bell Street, and stopped at the four-way stop at Fourth Avenue North.

The vehicle began to turn left as Hess began to cross.

“The vehicle then struck the pedestrian, and stopped within a short distance,” said Sergeant Mark Marsh of the Edmonds Police Department. “There was a witness who observed the entire incident.”

Hess died at the scene shortly after the collision.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner said Hess died of blunt force injuries to the head and torso, and the manner of death was an accident.

The exact speed at which the driver was traveling has not been determined yet, but it was a very low speed, Marsh said.

There was no indication that the driver was using a cell phone, and the Police Department will not be subpoenaing her phone records at this time.

The driver submitted to a voluntary blood test, and police are awaiting the results.

“The driver was very cooperative, and extremely distraught over what had happened,” Marsh said.

“The traffic unit, as in all cases such as this, is conducting a very thorough investigation, which will include an inspection of the vehicle and time and distance analysis to determine approximately how fast the vehicle and pedestrian were traveling at the time.”

The investigation is ongoing, and the name of the driver will not be released at this time.

Marsh said charges would be sent to the prosecutor’s office for consideration once the investigation is complete.












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