Four injured when SUV plows through Chelan lakeside patio

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CHELAN, WA, Four people were injured Thursday evening when an out-of-control SUV struck a group of people in a Lakeside patio area off Woodin Avenue before hurtling off an embankment and flipping over into a neighboring parking lot. The Chelan County Sheriff’s office issued a news release describing what happened. Officials say the cause of the accident could be medically-related. More information is contained in the news release

Chelan County Sheriff’s News Release:

On July 5th at around 1825 hours, Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of West Woodin Avenue and East Center Street in the city limits of Chelan.  The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan Fire, and Chelan EMS responded.  Upon arrival there were 3 pedestrians injured and the causing driver was trapped upside down in her vehicle.  Lake Chelan EMS transported the 3 pedestrians and the driver to Lake Chelan Hospital.  The most serious injury was a head injury to an adult female who was ultimately airlifted to Harborview Hospital.   

Witnesses at the scene said the driver of a white SUV turned into the driveway at 2208 West Woodin Avenue and drove at a high rate of speed through the patio area of the business and struck 3 pedestrians who were in the patio area. The vehicle continued to accelerate driving over the embankment, across the top of an unoccupied parked vehicle, flipping and coming to rest upside down against a parked vehicle.  Two of the three vehicles were totaled to include the causing vehicle.     

Early indications are a medical condition may have been a contributing factor, the investigation is ongoing.   


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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.