At around 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 18, a subaru that was traveling westbound on 232nd St SW was struck by a white van traveling southbound on 54th Ave W. The white van has a yield sign at the intersection and witnesses say that the van did not yield and hit the subaru on the passenger side front door. The woman sitting in the passenger seat of the subaru was taken to the hospital on a stretcher though it appeared that she was not severely injured. The family in the subaru were on their way to the hospital as the woman sitting in the passenger seat was due tomorrow with the family’s second child. Their young daughter was in the car with them as well.
Neighbors say that this intersection has been a problem for a very long time. People traveling north/south on 54th have minimal stop signs in between 236th and 228th and neighbors say that cars tend to travel over the speed limit and don’t properly yield in order to bypass possible traffic on 56th Ave W.
Many people who had come out of their homes mentioned that there needed to be a stop sign at this intersection. One man, who lives on the corner of the intersection, said that there are accidents at this intersections couple times a year. He said that often people don’t yield traveling north/south and that since cars traveling westbound on 232nd are cresting over a hill and tend to speed, the cars traveling north/south often don’t have time to stop. Even police officers on scene mentioned that it seemed like stop signs, rather than yield signs, would be better for this intersection.