Surveillance video captures another crash along dangerous curve

by: Natasha Chen Updated:


SEATTLE - A car lost control, spinning into a light pole on Des Moines Memorial Drive  at an intersection known for several previous crashes.

It happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

Neighbors have witnessed many of them, and some have caught the crashes on surveillance video.

In 2009, the same curve on Des Moines Memorial Drive leading to 17th Place South was the location where a King County deputy lost control and crashed into a ravine as he was on his way to a call.

On Sunday, Seattle City Light crews worked all day to replace a light pole that workers said was just replaced after another crash there in September 2013. 

Workers said four light poles at the intersection, which are lighter in color, were recently replaced because of car accidents.

Steve Elliott, whose surveillance camera captures these crashes, said he sees at least one or two crashes a year. Each time, he observes drivers going too fast around the curve.

“I mean, if you’re going to be stupid, you’re going to be stupid. That’s all there is to it,” he said.

Neighbor Anabell Parra said her family woke up Sunday morning to the sound of squealing tires. They went outside and captured cell phone video of the latest accident.

Burien police who responded to the scene said the driver was transported to the hospital with injuries, which were not life-threatening. Police also said the crash report did not indicate drugs or alcohol played a role.

Parra said she worries about the children who wait for school buses at that corner. “I have my kids over there, all every day, every morning, next to the pole. Can you imagine? If this is happened in the morning?” Parra said.

She said after KIRO 7 reported on the last crash in September, she talked to police about extra patrols. She said she saw them out there, but neighbors said officers and deputies cannot possibly patrol the area 24/7.

Parra said she feels a stop light or speed bump may be more effective for the future.

David Buckingham was one of the first people to rush to help the deputy who crashed in 2009. “When he took out the fence, the top of the chain link fence came and snaked its way through his car,” he said.

Buckingham said it’s only a matter of time before a driver takes out someone standing or walking on the side of the road.