The sound of a helicopter over homes in Lake Stevens had many in the community curious as to what was happening on Tuesday evening, February 26.
The Life Flight helicopter was responding to an auto-pedestrian accident on SR 204 and 8300 NE at around 9:30 p.m.
A 49-year-old man who was trying to be a good Samaritan was driving westbound on SR204 when he saw a disabled vehicle in the eastbound lanes.
“It is believed the male pulled to the shoulder of the road with the intent of assisting the stranded motorist,” Lake Stevens Police said. “The male then ran across SR 204 in the direction of the disabled vehicle. While doing so he was struck by a vehicle traveling in an eastbound direction.”
The victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center due to the serious injuries he sustained in the accident.
The driver of the eastbound vehicle was also in his mid 40s and has been cooperating with investigators.
LSPD had the help of Marysville Police and Washington State Patrol when responding to the accident.
“We were the primary responder,” Interim Police Chief Dan Lorentzen said. “We have always worked with other cities and Marysville came out to assist us. State Patrol came out and brought a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) to check if the driver was impaired. The driver showed no signs of impairment.”
Lorentzen explained that this is typical anytime there could be a fatality involved.
“When you are dealing with a possible fatality you want to cover those bases, that doesn’t necessarily mean there has been a criminal act. Again, the driver showed no signs of impairment.”