January 12, 1998
Andrew Walgamott/staff photo
A Nissan Sentra involved in a two-car collision is pulled from the ditch carrying Trib 90 near the Sammamish Valley Grange.
by Andrew Walgamott
WOODINVILLE--A Nissan Sentra driven by a Woodinville High School student was hit by a Chevy Astro van and shoved into a creekbed near the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse January 5. Nobody was injured in the crash. The accident occurred north of N.E. 147th Pl. in unincorporated King County. Police said the Sentra's windows were foggy and the driver didn't see the oncoming Astro when she pulled onto 148th Ave. N.E. from 147th headed towards Woodinville. The Sentra was struck in the left front end and plunged into the ditch carrying Trib 90. The vehicle came to a rest amongst willow staves and boulders King County crews placed beside the creekbed in November in efforts to stabilize Trib 90.
The inevitability of such an accident has worried Woodinville's City Manager Roy Rainey. A police officer responding to the accident said if it had occurred closer to the schoolhouse, the car would've been "swallowed up" in the deepened creek channel. Guardrailing is planned alongside the creek on that stretch of roadway.