UPDATE: Boy Hit By Truck In White Center Passes Away; Family Needs Help

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From our sister site The White Center Blog comes this “call for help” – on Jan. 15th, a 14 year-old boy was seriously injured when he was struck by a pick-up truck in the 10800 block of 26th Ave SW in the White Center area.

Police say that the boy, who is autistic, came running out of a driveway and into the street, where he was struck by a pick-up driven by a 21-year old man, who was not able to stop or avoid him.

The victim, Carter Allen, is a freshman at Health Sciences, Human Services at the Evergreen Campus in White Center.

Apparently Carter, in intensive care at Harborview, has irreversible brain damage, and his life support was turned off Tuesday (Feb. 1st), according to an email we received:

I just wanted to let someone know that the 14 yr. old boy that was hit by a truck on Jan 15th on 26th Ave SW is still in the ICU at Harborview. He has irreversible brain damage and the doctors are saying that it is just a matter of time, possibly today. They are going to remove his breathing tube sometime today.

This story is very tragic…the young man has severe autism and has been being raised by a single father. The father has not been able to work since the day of the accident due to the fact that he has to be at the hospital in case anything happens. He has had to take FMLA, but there is no income coming into the home because of that. There are several people that would like to help the family out, but don’t know just how to go about it. There are mounting hospital costs, and pending funeral expenses that the family does not have means for. If there was a way to set up some kind of donation fund to help the family in their time of financial need I know there would be many people that would love to donate. The family would never ask for this type of help, which I feel makes this even more important. If there is any way you could help the family it would be greatly appreciated.

On Jan 15th Carter Allen, a 14 yr old autistic boy was hit by a truck on 26th ave sw just off 106th by the Shorewood market. It was a tragic accident. He has irreversible brain damage, a broken pelvis and broken femur. The doctors removed his breathing tube this afternoon, and now it is just a matter of time until he passes…there is no chance he will survive. He’s a student at EHS, and his teacher and the principal have been very supportive and have visited him at the hospital…even though he has not woken since the day of the accident. His family are long time residents of the WC area..his Dad and Aunt are graduates of EHS…His father Derek is a single father who has raised Carter to the best of his ability. Derek has worked very hard to support Carter and provide for him to the best of his ability without asking for any help. Carter is/was a very happy boy who always had a smile on his face. Derek has been by Carter’s side in the hospital non stop since the day of the accident, going through the ups and downs holding out hope and waiting for the day that Carter would open his eyes and he could hear his voice. He was told that it would be a long road to recovery, but never figured it would come to this. Throughout this whole ordeal, Derek has never once asked for any help and has just said when asked that they will be fine and work things out as he can. Derek is the type of person that he would give his last dollar and the shoes off his feet if someone was in need, and he never wants to bother anyone with his troubles. It would be wonderful if his friends and those that know Carter could show them just how important they are. The medical bills are going to be outrageous and the funeral expenses are to be many, so any financial help that we can give him will help and be very appreciated. I know that Derek would do the same for someone else if they were in this situation, no matter how little he had…that is the type of person he is.

Best regards,

As we learn more about his condition (or his family), we’ll update this post. In the meantime, we’re asking Readers to help by donating through the PayPal button below, to help the victim’s family with their bills:

If you’d rather contribute the old-fashioned way, you can mail checks made out to “Derek Allen” or cash to:

Derek Allen
10805 26th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146-1991

Please note that ALL donations will go directly to the boy’s family.

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3 Responses to “UPDATE: Boy Hit By Truck In White Center Passes Away; Family Needs Help”
  1. Courtney says:

    This is such a tragic story, my heart goes out to this family. Please let him know that as far as the medical bills, which should be the last thing on his mind, there should be significant financial assistance through the hospital, but he will need to ask for it.

  2. Paula Rockwell says:

    I wanted to give you the update that Carter passed away at 6:30 Friday evening at Harborview surrounded by family, without discomfort or pain. He was an amazing child, one who has positively affected the lives of many. Although his body may be gone, his spirit and smile will resonate forever. Please ask that your readers keep Carter’s family, especially his father Derek, in their thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all who have donated.

  3. Ericka says:

    I just wanted to say Thankk You to everyone that show their support for the Allen Family, it was very much appreciated. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as this time is still very difficult for them.
    Donations are still needed as the expenses are still mounting!! I am sorry to say that it seems like people have put this tragic event out of their minds, just because the Memorial Service was already held. The Memorial Service does not mark the end of Derek’s time of need, he still is in need of assistance to cover all the expenses that he is still facing. Please if you are able to help, do so!!!

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