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September 15, 1997

Local News

Traffic Jams An accident in downtown Woodinville sent a Seattle woman to the hospital for facial injuries she may have suffered from a "homemade" seatbelt.

Andrew Walgamott/staff photo

Accident jams traffic downtown

  Andrew Walgamott
   WOODINVILLE--A modified seatbelt may have led to greater injuries a 73-year-old Seattle suffered in a two-car collision last week. According to police, the victim was wearing a seatbelt with "homemade" brackets that crossed the shoulder strap lower on her body.
   The harness didn't hold her upper body in place when the vehicle she drove, a Sable station wagon, collided with a Oldsmobile Cutlas Cruiser at the intersection of N.E. 175th St. and 131st Ave. N.E. near Armadillo Barbecue Sept. 10 at about 8:20 a.m.
   Though the Sable's airbag inflated, the victim suffered bruises to the face and was transported to Evergreen where she was treated and released the same day, according to a hospital spokesperson.
   Her husband was wearing a similar restraint but escaped serious injury.
   According to police, the Seattle woman, turning left from 131st onto 175th on a green light, failed to yield the right-of-way to the Cutlass as it proceeded northbound on 131st. Excessive speed was not a factor, police say. The driver of the Cutlass was a Woodinville woman in her mid-30s. She was uninjured, according to police. Traffic was routed around the accident until it was cleared.