UPDATE 12/18/19: The King County Sheriff’s Office says that a 2-year old victim remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, but the latest update from his family indicates he is doing better and is expected to survive.
The following is a video from Monday night of the exterior of Ross Dress for Less store in Burien, which shows a white van leave its parking spot, hit a parked car, and go through the front windows of the store. The case remains open and active. This is the only video police have released at this time.
As we previously reported, on Monday night, Dec. 16, 2019, a van crashed through the front of the Ross Dress for Less store in Burien, injuring nearly a dozen people. including an infant and toddler.
The incident began at 9:15 p.m., when a 49-year old female left the store in the 15700 block of 1st Ave South after stealing a few items described as “knick knacks.”
She got into the passenger seat of a white 1998 Dodge van. As the driver, a 51-year old male, left the parking lot he struck a parked car and careened through the front windows. The van traveled 40 feet in to the store, striking several people along the way.
A total of 11 patients were transported to the hospital. Seven people went to nearby Highline Medical Center, including an infant who had bumps and bruises. One patient went to Valley Medical Center and three went to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle
The most critically injured is a 2-year old child, who was pinned by the van as it came to rest. The toddler’s 41-year old grandfather, and an unrelated male in his 30’s, were also critically injured.
When deputies arrived, the 2-year old did not have a pulse. The quick actions of deputies, fire personnel and King County medics revived the toddler. He remains in critical condition at Harborview.
The 51-year old male driver was booked into jail on investigation of vehicular assault and DUI (drugs). A search warrant was obtained for the driver’s blood and the results are pending.
The 49-year old female passenger was booked into jail for an unrelated Theft 3 warrant.
The investigation into the vehicular assault is ongoing.
Here’s another video taken inside the store just moments after the crash:
— Jaime Méndez (@JaimeSeattle) December 18, 2019