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Kent Police give update on Feb. 28 traffic fatality

Police clarify that the situation suspected to be a hit-and-run was not so.

At about 9:49 p.m. Feb. 28 the Kent Police Traffic Unit responded to investigate a fatal vehicle accident involving a pedestrian in the 22800 block of Central Avenue N.

Traffic investigators spoke to multiple witnesses, including the driver of the vehicle that struck the deceased individual. They also located video evidence that conclusively showed the series of events leading up to the accident, according to police.

According to police, the video shows the deceased, who was wearing dark clothing, crawling out of the bushes located adjacent to the sidewalk, then staggering around before falling into the roadway where he came to a rest just moments before being struck.

The driver of the involved vehicle was traveling northbound on Central Avenue North when the vehicle in front of the driver suddenly veered out of their lane. The driver attempted to swerve as well, but did not have time to entirely avoid the pedestrian, who was laying in the street at the time of impact, according to police.

Police said the driver stopped immediately to check on the victim and flagged down a passing Kent Police Department officer to seek aid. Police report the driver fully cooperated with the investigation. It was determined the driver was not impaired at the time of the accident, according to police..

According to authorities, neither reckless driving nor speed appear to be contributing factors to the accident.

This accident was originally reported as a hit and run because of witnesses hearing, but not seeing the accident. This was determined to not be the case, and Kent Police do not believe any other vehicles were involved in this collision.

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