Officers and other rescue personnel work amidst witnesses and bystanders after a series of crashes that injured a bicyclist and damaged a dozen vehicles along Park Street on Friday afternoon.
Photo by Alasdair Stewart.
WALLA WALLA — A multivehicle collision that ended near Park Street and Boyer Avenue left one bicyclist injured and a dozen vehicles damaged by a driver who police say was suffering a medical condition.
The first collisions occurred at 2:45 p.m. at Palouse and Alder streets when police received a reported of a Chevrolet pickup weaving and hitting other vehicles.
Georgia Brewington of Walla Walla said she was stopped on Alder Street at Palouse when a male driver in a red Silverado hit her from behind.
“I felt he was going way to fast then he rear ended me,” Brewington, who was uninjured but shaken up, said. “Then he backed up and hit me again.
“At that point I thought I don’t want to get out of the car and confront him.”
Police report that the driver of the Silverado was a male in his 60s who suffered a medical condition during the series of collisions.
After hitting Brewington’s car, the driver turned north onto Park and continued to hit parked and moving vehicles.
At one point, a woman on a bicycle was struck near the intersection of Boyer and Park. She was transported to an area hospital. Her name and condition have not been released.
The driver of the Silverado continued north on Park, striking a number of parked vehicles and eventually stopping in front of Whitman College’s Cordiner Hall.
He was also taken to an area hospital.
Police report a total of 12 vehicles were struck, several with extensive damage and most needing to be towed.
Park Street was closed for about two hours and police investigated and damages vehicles were towed.