Pedestrian killed crossing highway in Fife
A man died early Friday after being struck by two vehicles, including one driven by an off-duty King County sheriff’s deputy, as he walked on a Fife road.
The deputy, Cesar Molina, 38, a 2 1/2-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was involved in the fatal shooting of a Burien man last month, authorities said.
The victim of Friday’s accident has not been identified. He likely was crossing Pacific Highway East when the deputy, driving home, hit him about 2 a.m. A second car also struck the man.
Investigators said speed and alcohol are not believed to be involved.
The 2300 block of Pacific Highway East doesn’t have streetlights or crosswalks and the deputy said he didn’t see the pedestrian.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police shut down part of the road while they investigated. It reopened about 8 a.m.
On June 13, Molina fatally shot 20-year-old Tommy Le after responding to reports that a man with a sharp object was threatening people in Burien.
Deputies confronted Le, who refused commands to drop “what they thought was a knife,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said last month.
When Le reportedly moved toward deputies, Molina opened fire. The sheriff’s office later said Le had been holding a pen, not a knife.
After the shooting Molina was placed on administrative leave, but returned to work with the approval of a psychologist, West said. He was again placed on leave Friday after the accident with the pedestrian.
The Seattle Times contributed to this report.
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