Woman seriously injured in car-pedestrian crash in downtown Seattle

SEATTLE — A pedestrian was seriously injured after she was hit by a car in downtown Seattle.

The incident happened just west of Eighth Avenue and James Street at about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the woman was trying to cross James Street near Eighth when she was struck by a Nissan Sentra heading westbound.

James was closed between I-5 and Ninth Avenue for nearly 3 hours. It reopened at about 9 a.m.

The 59-year-old woman was taken to Harborview with life-threatening injuries.

The Nissan, which has a broken windshield and a dented hood, was seen parked at the crash site.

The driver, a 40-year-old man, was evaluated at the scene for signs of impairment and was determined to have none. Police said he was cooperative.

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad are investigating.