Northwest NEWS

February 21, 2000

Local News

Two accidents impact Northshore roads, residents

crashed Jeep Wrangler

This 1995 Jeep Wrangler slid on the icy curve in the 14300 block of the eastbound North Bypass. The 44-year-old Gold Bar woman driving was airlifted to Harborview.
Photo by Darlene Maloy.

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--After her 1995 Jeep Wrangler slid on ice into a light pole on Woodinville's North Bypass, a 44-year-old Gold Bar resident, Teresa Azevedo, was airlifted to Harborview Hospital early Wednesday morning, Feb. 16. The woman suffered a serious facial laceration and fractures of the knee and foot, said Det. Wells of the King County Major Accident Reconstruction unit.

   Medics at the scene could not determine the extent of her head injuries, so they called for an airlift from the nearby helicopter landing pad at Fire Dist. 31 headquarters, said Nelson. The hospital determined her head injuries apparently did not involve internal trauma, and they expected to release her within a few days, said Wells.

   At 3:07 p.m the same day, Janet Carlson, a 50-year-old Bothell woman, was critically injured when her blue Saturn collided with a silver Isuzu Trooper driven by Paul Zemann, a 47-year-old Woodinville man, at the intersection of NE 51st and the northbound exit lane from SR-520 in Redmond. Carlson was also transported to Harborview. As of last Friday, her condition had been upgraded to serious but stable, said Officer Brian Coats of the Redmond Police Dept. Zemann was not seriously injured.

   Witnesses said Azevedo, who works in Woodinville, was traveling at a reasonable rate of speed up the North Bypass when she hit ice on the curve in the 14300 block, sending her sliding over the curb and slamming head-on into the large aluminum utility pole. She had to be freed with the aid of hydraulic extraction machinery, said Woodinville Fire & Life Safety D/C Ed Nelson.

   Witness reports at the Redmond accident scene conflicted as to which driver ran a red light. Carlson, who was not believed to be wearing a seatbelt, was exiting SR-520 and entered the intersection as Zemann drove eastbound on NE 51st. Because Carlson's pulse was very weak at the scene, the intersection was closed for over three hours for investigation as a potentially deadly accident, said Coats. Redmond police would appreciate hearing from any eyewitnesses to the accident. Please call Officer Brad Davis at 425-556-2572.