Police: Pedestrian struck, killed by street sweeper in Bellevue

A pedestrian was run over and killed by a street sweeper in Bellevue Monday morning, Feb. 19, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News/Air 4) 

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A pedestrian was run over and killed by a street sweeper Monday morning in Bellevue, police said.

Officers and medics responded to the scene, near the intersection of 120th Avenue and NE 12th Street, at about 10:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a serious accident, said Capt. Marcia Harnden of the Bellevue police.

The pedestrian, a 44-year-old Bellevue man, was found dead under the street sweeper.

A preliminary investigation found that the sweeper had been working in the area of a construction site in a northbound lane of 120th Avenue that was closed to traffic, Harnden said.

As the sweeper was working its way backward, the mann somehow got into the path of the sweeper. The driver of the sweeper did not see the pedestrian, who was then struck, pulled under the sweeper and killed.

Harnden said it appears that the man had been walking up the nearby sidewalk, which comes to an end at a planter. The pedestrian then walked into the lane where the sweeper was working and the driver did not see him.

Once the accident scene is thoroughly investigated and documented, a tow truck will lift the sweeper off the victim so that the body can be removed. The King County Medical Examiner's Office will then take custody of the body.

The driver of the street sweeper is cooperating with the investigation and showed no signs of impairment, Harden said, adding that he was quite shaken up by the accident.

"There is no indication of any negligence on the part of the sweeper," she said.

The sweeper was operating at the scene under contract in connection with a new apartment building under construction at 1375 120th Avenue.

Police say 120th Avenue will be closed at the scene until the investigation is complete.

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