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Witnesses Still Needed in Fatal Pedestrian Collision on Interstate 5

Former Shorewood student died of injuries sustained after jump from 145th St. overpass

Before 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 28th a female pedestrian, Kelsey Lippincott, 17, of Tukwila, died of her injuries after leaping from the 145th St. overpass into the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 after being struck by multiple vehicles.

At 12:41 a.m. the Washington State Patrol 911 dispatch received reports of a pedestrian standing alone on the side of the NE 145th overpass for southbound Interstate 5 over traffic.

Troopers arrived at the scene to find the 17-year-old former Shorewood with fatal injuries in the center lane of southbound Interstate 5. Witnesses stated the female was struck by passenger cars and a semi truck that continued on. Investigators believe that several vehicles struck her but continued on potentially unaware they had struck a person.

Washington State Patrol detectives continue to search for witnesses and involved parties.  Several vehicles that pulled onto the right shoulder following the pedestrian collision are still unaccounted for.  Among those vehicles being sought are a red pickup truck with matching red canopy and red passenger car with a black male occupant.  Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mederios at (425) 401-7719.

Source: State Patrol.

Padestrian May 05, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I knew kelsey lippincott and no matter what police say she would never commit suicide. i have a group of people tryin to help raise money to buy her a tumstone because her parents are really poor. I saw where kelsey landed and in is right under where she was sitting so she fell. plus we talked to the last person to see her alive, the lady was the cause of her death. the lady said she saw kelsey sitting on the freeway sign, she said she got out of her car and shouted "HEY!" then she said she couldn't see her anymore. She was still alive the witness said, she looked down and said kelsey was on her back. she also said kelsey waved at cops parked on the side of the freeway to let then no she was alive. But then a semi and several cars ran over her. so Kelsey Rose Lippincott was killed. May kelsey rest in peace.
Maia May 06, 2012 at 12:58 AM
This is so sad. I'm glad she had good friends who loved her. We see the signs out on 145th every day now. Rest in peace Kelsey.
other May 06, 2012 at 05:48 AM
so that lady was the cause of her death?
Gigi Sinclare May 06, 2012 at 08:11 AM
To me it sounds like suicide. I understand her families loss but she was doing a stupid thing and died. The so called lady is not to blame, it is Kelsey's fault
shelly May 06, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Gigi you are stupid person.
shelly May 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
No one cares to read what you think. U dont understand if you did, you wouldnt post such a stupid coment.
Gigi Sinclare May 07, 2012 at 02:12 AM
@Shelly At least I'm not as stupid a Kelsey. Because if I was I'd be dead too. Life is about choices. You can make good ones, you can make bad ones, you can make choices you regret or you can make choices you can't regret because you are dead. That's what Kelsey did. Yes, it's sad that somebody's dead, but the world goes on and nobody else but the people who knew her will care if she is alive or dead. Her case is one of those where she died because she was an idiot. She didn't die protecting someone by sacrificing herself. We will all move on and she will be forgotten.
Tony Dondero (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 02:20 AM
OK, let's keep it civil in here, or comments are going to be flagged and eventually deleted.
Gigi Sinclare May 07, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I'm simply saying that sympathy should go to the family and not Kelsey
Anon May 07, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Gigi, That is a very rude thing to say to someone that is in grief. I don't know who Kelsey was but I am sure her friends and her family are under extreme distress. You should be more considerate when talking about folks that have passed. May Kelsey Lippincott rest in peace.
Gigi Sinclare May 07, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I just don't feel sorry for people who commit suicide. If they had thought about the impact it would have on others the wouldn't have done it. It's really sad that Kelsey could only see the dark of the world and not the light. I have a friend who thought about suicide but she thought of her family and friends before she acted on an impulse. That is why she is alive, that is why I am alive. I have had family commit suicide and I never felt a single bit sorry for them, because if they loved us they wouldn't have done it.
Marjorie Silverman May 07, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Gigi, You shouldn't call someone an 'idiot' whether they are deceased or alive. That's just rude. It's reprehensible to use that word about someone who is no longer with us. She's not here to defend herself. The people that loved her and cared about her will find that hurtful and inflammatory. You are entitled to your opinions but certain things are better kept to yourself. We may never know the answer. Kelsey isn't here to tell us what happened. No one has the right to say terrible things and speculate. I lost a loved one to suicide myself. I know that pain personally. I think you should keep some of your thoughts to yourself.
Gigi Sinclare May 07, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I didn't mean she was an idiot I ment what she did was idiotic and resulted in her death. She knew the risks but did it anyways
shelly May 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Gigi u didnt know her. Your comments are not appreciated.You will be remembered for being ignorant, mean and judgemental towards people you dont even know.
minda May 09, 2012 at 09:45 PM
i knew kelsey pretty well she actually lived with me for awhile and i'm very sorry to hear this i honestly just found out about 20 min ago we may of had our differences but i would never wish this on her i pray for her mom who is one of my good friends and her poor little sister she loved more then anything
wish it had been different May 10, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Bless Kelsey and those who loved her. She didn't have an easy life and she's now in a better place. Rest in Peace Kelsey!
Lisa Lippincott May 10, 2012 at 07:58 AM
i am her mom i am not liking what you are saying, You dont know her at all to be saying this kind of filth about a troubled 17 year old beautiful young lady who was about ready to begin her wonderful life and she had a few set backs and couldnt handle it. being 17 is not easy do you remember when you were 17 or are you to old to remember that and and all of the heart aches and disappointments that our youths go through daily is not what us old folks went through at that age. Life is harder and more messed up for these kids and its not there fault its not our fault it just is please stop talking about my baby that way. Espcially if you dont know her and why would a women yell at a person sitting on the freeway sign instead of calling the cops how inte4lligent of that person.
Ashleigh May 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM
FOR EVERYONE POSTING ALL THESE THINGS.... i am kelseys friend i was one of the last people to see her before she let us i pray everyday this is all just a dream... but she had been depressed for a while.. but she would never kill herself she made stupid choices but she does NOT deserve what people say... she was my bestfriend and i loved her more than anything i go to the bridge many times a day praying she is happy where she is... she fell weather the cops want to call it suicide or not, She was the stongest person i kno wouldnt NEVER take crap from someone. She loved who she was and so did everyone else. so please as respect for kelsey, stop being negative and dont try blaming this on other people Kelsey never blamed stuff on anyone else.... Rest In Paradise Kelsey I love and miss you more and more everyday
shelly May 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Ashleigh, I wasn't being negative or blaming Kelsey AT ALL. I was commenting to Gigi and all her rude comments. That is it ,and that is all. I Iknow Kelsey didn't do that. I am very sorry you lost your bestfriend. No disrespect intended. I'm sorry Ashleigh.
Cara May 12, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I sort of agree with Gigi but I feel sorry for Kelsey and wished she could still be here today. @ Lisa I am sorry for your loss, I see the signs every day
Kelly Hawkins May 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I'm saddened by your loss. But anyone can commit suicide. Most people who do have friends and family who swear they wouldn't. A friend of mine who was on medical leave from work because of depression killed himself. Right up until the tox screen came back, his friends said no way. A psychiatrist friend was sure the man hadn't because they had eaten dinner together the day before and seemed fine. When the tox screen came back, it was obviously a suicide. It's just really hard to accept. Why was she sitting there if she wasn't thinking about it? Suicide is a result of a horribly debilitating illness that people don't understand. There is no reason to be angry with, hate or judge someone who kills themself. We should feel as sad for them as for someone who dies from diabetes complications or cancer. Denying her pain and her struggle is unfair to her and her memory.
Kelly Hawkins May 13, 2012 at 01:39 AM
No, it was her disease. Depression is an illness which can be fatal. When someone is in that frame of mind, they are completely irrational and incapable of making any kind of reasonable decision.
nic hartley May 14, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Wow I don't even know the young lady who died but how dare you post something like this when people are mourning you were not there that day and u don't know what was going on in her life... I suffer from depression and it is a disease ... who are you to judge anyone you are not GOD.... Watch what u say... what goes around comes around ... if you don't have anything nice to say then shut your mouth and worry about your own life.... RIP BEAUTIFUL GIRL....
nic hartley May 14, 2012 at 06:06 AM
It's not ur business to judge what she did... you don't know why she did it so maybe you just shouldn't post anything else this is for people to show love not run there mouths
nic hartley May 14, 2012 at 06:23 AM
This is to show love not to judge what is wrong with you gigi you make me sick she was 17... life can be very rough I remember feeling down and out when I was that age... I don't know Kelsey but if u wanna be negative keep it to your self Rip kelsey
Cassandra Ngo May 18, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Sometimes people disgust me. To think that someone would open their mouths and say things about this girl without even knowing her makes sick. And even if "Gigi" did know the girl. We are losing focus of what is happening here. A beautiful girl is no longer in this world and that is reason enough for ALL of us, friends and/or enemies and even strangers to keep silent. it is the life of a human being that has been lost. Whether, it was intentional or not. The pain someone leaves behind after its departure is what should be honored. Why are we talking whether she deserves sympathy or not? I dont say everybody should feel hurt or sorry for this girl or her family. If you don't know them, it's ok. We're human. All I want to say is please, PLEASE! have some respect. For the life that is lost and for the family. I can only imagine what the Mother is going through. I hope you find the necessary strength to overcome this. And although, she will never be forgotten. I pray one day, the pain becomes bearable.
PAULA SAWYER May 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Gigi how old are you 12? Did you ever stop to think that your talking about someone's child? that there is a mother out there that is grieving and how much more pain you are causing by talking about Kelsey as if no one else is seeing what you are saying? Shame on you for being so eager to place blame instead of being empathetic for her mother!
Melissa louise May 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I was with kelsey that night. She looked very depressed. She was dressed in all black. Kelsey was the type of girl who wore bright colors. She also lived with me and my family for 4months.. She had a rough life and all of you saying shes stupid, she wasnt. Shes a very smart girl. She left by choice. She was very depressed. Rest easy babyqirl i miss youu ): i love you kels
Gigi Sinclare May 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Well maybe Kelsey wasn't strong enough if she couldn't pull Herself out of that dark place. When I was 14 I almost committed suicide but I thought about the people I would leave behind and how it would affect them, I didn't only think about myself. I thought about my 2 year old sister and how she would grow up not having her oldest sister to help her, I thought about my friend who was abused and how she pulled through it all and I thought about what I had to live for and not die for. That is why I don't feel sympathy for Kelsey and why I don't feel sympathy for myself. I only feel sympathy for those left behind in the aftermath. So I give my sympathy to the Lippincott family.
Gigi Sinclare May 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
If there is anything else you wish to tell me you can email me. GiGiSinclare@gmail.com

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