Woman in Crosswalk Hit, Killed by Police Officer Responding to High-Priority Call

A 23-year-old college graduate student was killed in Seattle Jan. 23 by a speeding police car.
Jaahnavi Kandula was walking the crosswalk at Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street around 8 p.m., when a Seattle police vehicle hit the young woman.
Police performed CPR on Kandula until Seattle Fire Department arrived, who drove her to Harborview Medical Center, according to KING-TV.

She later died.
Kandula was expected to graduate from Seattle’s Northeastern University in December.


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The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is looking into the incident.
Seattle Police Department later identified the officer who struck Kandula as Kevin Dave; he has been with the department since 2019, according to a statement from SPD Chief Adrian Diaz.

Dave had been responding as an EMT to a Priority 1 call; he had his emergency lights on and was clearing intersections with his sirens, Diaz said.
A drug recognition expert on scene that night did not find evidence Dave was impaired, Diaz said.
“I feel bad for the officer,” a source who reportedly heard the collision told KIRO-TV. “I can’t im …

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