Customer dies after forklift accident at Goodwill parking lot

by: Nick McGurk Updated:

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LYNNWOOD, Wash. —

A customer was hit and killed by a forklift while walking through Goodwill’s parking lot in Lynnwood.

The 69-year-old Bothell man was on his way to the Goodwill in the 4000 block of 198th St. SW in Lynnwood around 10:30 a.m Monday.

"He was struck by the forklift, which knocked him to the ground, and then the box fell off on top of him,” said Det. Brian Jorgensen with Lynnwood police.

The driver of the forklift saw a flash of blue go in front of the forklift and he slammed on the brakes, said Jorgensen.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday morning. The King County Medical Examiner’s office told KIRO 7 Tuesday night that a death report had been filed for the victim. Still, KIRO 7 had learned the man was being kept on life support at Harborview Medical Center.

Lynnwood police detectives will continue to investigate the accident.

We asked Seattle Goodwill spokesperson Katherine Boury whether the accident was preventable.

"I think that that's one of the things we're looking into,” said Boury.

She says all of the company’s forklift drivers are all trained and the company is saddened by the tragedy.

But when we asked her about the driver -- and whether he's still on the job -- she said she can't comment on an ongoing investigation.

Police said they will be watching Goodwill surveillance camera footage as part of their investigation.

 KIRO 7 learned that Monday’s accident is the third forklift-related death in Washington state in the past few months.