Wrongful death lawsuit filed in fatal Bellevue street sweeper accident

Left: Alexandru Culai

Right: Photo from chopper 7 over the scene on Feb. 19, 2018. 

BELLEVUE, Wash. — A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in King County Superior Court on behalf of the family of a Bellevue man who was killed in a street sweeper accident in Bellevue in 2018.

Alexandru Culai, 44, was hit and killed by a street sweeper in Bellevue’s Spring District on 120th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 12th Street just before 11 a.m. Feb. 19, 2018.

Culai was originally from Moldova and was a musician and music teacher. Culai’s wife was eight months pregnant when he was killed. He also left behind two children from a previous marriage.

The complaint alleges that the driver of the street sweeper failed to operate the vehicle in a safe manner and failed to keep a proper lookout and/or watch of the vehicle's backup camera.

A trial date has been set for March 2020 and KIRO 7 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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