Fatal Seattle Bus Collision Leads to Vehicular Manslaughter Charges for Car Driver

Fatal collision involving a Metro Bus.

In a tragic incident in downtown Seattle last Saturday, a collision involving a Metro bus and a red sedan resulted in one fatality and 12 injuries. The driver of the sedan, a 31-year-old male, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter following the accident.

Seattle Police Department’s investigation revealed signs of potential drug use in the sedan, prompting them to secure a warrant for the driver’s blood test as part of a DUI investigation. The driver’s identity has not been disclosed. He is currently in critical condition at a hospital and will be transferred to King County Jail after medical clearance.

The victim, struck by the bus while on the sidewalk, was identified as 28-year-old Amanda Joelle Schneider by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Schneider, a resident near the crash site, succumbed to multiple blunt force injuries.

The collision occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the Belltown area, at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Battery Street. The Metro bus, heading east, collided with the southbound red sedan. The impact propelled the bus off the road, causing it to crash into a nearby building, according to Detective Judinna Gulpan.

The bus fatally struck Schneider outside the building. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The red sedan, also hurled into the building, required the sedan’s driver to be extricated by firefighters. The bus driver and 10 passengers sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities reported no significant structural damage to the building, and no individuals were present in the impacted section. The fire department shared this information via social media, ensuring public awareness of the building’s stability post-collision.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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