Woman struck by car in Belltown dies
A 48-year-old woman died after being hit by a right-turning car Monday night as she walked through the intersection next to her Belltown home.
Seattle Times transportation reporter
A 48-year-old woman died a day after being hit by a car as she walked through the intersection next to her Belltown home.
Gayle Grant was heading south across Bell Street with a walk signal as a car alongside her turned right with a green light, from Second Avenue onto Bell, at 6:45 p.m. Monday.
Witnesses thought Grant had only minor injuries, but she was taken to Harborview Medical Center and died Tuesday from injuries to her head and body, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office.
After six years of being homeless, Grant had just moved into a long-term residence in the new Bakhita Gardens building, home to 90 women, according to Eileen McComb, program director for Noel House, a Catholic Housing Services ministry. Grant, also known as Gayle Douglas, often volunteered to sort and distribute supplies, and teach knitting, McComb said. A memorial is expected in early January.
In a safety meeting this week, Noel House clients said the corner has been a longtime safety threat, McComb said in a message to City Councilman Tim Burgess.
The corner is tree-shaded and a magnet for petty criminals, though McComb said conditions have improved lately. There is busy pedestrian traffic because of a minimart, on-street parking and nightlife.
"There's a lot of visual noise with restaurants and activities going on," McComb said. "I sense that people driving through, who may not be familiar with that area, don't understand how dense the population is."
A $2.5 million city project is planned this summer to transform four blocks of Bell Street into a parklike mini-boulevard, with lights, play structures, plants and wider sidewalks. Meanwhile, Burgess said he's asked city transportation Director Peter Hahn to look at immediate safety and lighting improvements. Council members Nick Licata and Sally Bagshaw, with utility and police officials, also have shown interest, McComb said.
On average, about nine pedestrians a year are killed when they are hit by cars in Seattle.
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