A man in his 60s and woman in her 80s are dead after cars ran into the pedestrians in two separate accidents in November. They were both in city crosswalks when they were hit.
At about 6:30 a.m. On Nov. 20, a driver struck a woman in the crosswalk at Bellevue Way and Northeast 24th Street. She remained in critical condition until she died days later.
Just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, a driver was heading north on 145th Place Southeast when they struck a man in a crosswalk near Southeast 18th Street, Bellevue police reported. The man, identified as Pratap Sahoo and on visit from India, later died.
The driver told police he looked away briefly and when he looked back up, the man was in the crosswalk. After striking the man, the driver, a man in his 30s, pulled over and called 911.
There has been four total fatal collisions involving pedestrians or cyclists this year in Bellevue. The city’s Vision Zero Program prioritizes eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries on Bellevue streets.
The city of Bellevue is asking drivers and pedestrians to: Drive and walk cautiously and always obey traffic signals and signs; avoid distracted driving — stay off the phone and avoid eating while driving; never assume you’ve been seen and for pedestrians to make eye contact with drivers; drivers should drive for the conditions and slow down at night or poor weather; walkers and cyclists should wear reflective clothing at night to increase their visibility.
Correction:This story has been updated to correctly reflect the number of fatal collisions involving pedestrians or cyclists this year in Bellevue.