Rather, it was a grandfather looking out for his Angel.
David Robinson was seriously injured when he was struck by a car Tuesday evening while he was carrying his 3-year-old granddaughter, Angel, across the intersection of N. Kelsey Street and U.S. 2 in Monroe.
A witness reported that Robinson lifted his granddaughter over his head to protect her from being hit and that she landed on top of him.
"It broke her fall," Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.
Police are continuing to investigate the crash that sent the Everett man to the hospital with serious injuries.
Angel was not hurt. She was taken to Valley General Hospital in Monroe for observation.
Robinson, 53, was being treated at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for a fractured skull, two broken legs and a fracture to a bone around the eye socket, his family said.
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Robinson's family hopes the accident will serve as a reminder to drivers and pedestrians to be cautious.
The crash was reported just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
A Monroe man, 36, was turning right in a 2004 Dodge Durango. Robinson and Angel were in the crosswalk, Willis said.
Police still have witnesses to interview, Willis said. Any witnesses who has not been contacted can call the police department at 360-794-6300.
"We don't know what the signaling was," Willis said. "That is something we are going to try to establish."
Even so, minding traffic signals doesn't guarantee safety, Willis said.
"You have to be looking always and not depend on the lights," she said.
Jessie Robinson said her father had taken Angel to a swim lesson in Everett and then to dinner at Denny's restaurant, a twice-a-week ritual the pair enjoyed.
"We all know it was an accident," she said. "Unfortunately, I think free right turns have consequences sometimes."
David Robinson has worked at Boeing for more than 30 years.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org
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