Jaywalking blamed in Mill Creek man’s death

By Jana Hill

For the Herald

Brock Loshbaugh was taking a quick trip across the street before meeting his girlfriend.

The 22-year-old Mill Creek man never made it.

Loshbaugh died after being hit by a Washington State Patrol car driven by Trooper Jason Crandall, who was on duty but was not on an emergency call and was traveling at a regular speed, Sgt. Steve Burns said.

It’s an area where jaywalking is common. Hundreds of residents live on one side of the busy Bothell-Everett Highway, and there are shopping centers, restaurants and other businesses on the other side.

Stephen and Susan Zirschky, a married couple who live in Towne Square, said they have jaywalked right where Loshbaugh did.

"It’s not well lit out there, so if you’re going to gamble and go across, you do it at your own risk," Susan Zirschky said.

But she said she and her husband won’t take that shortcut anymore.

Mike Stone, another resident at Towne Square, said "everybody walks back and forth" between the apartments and shopping centers. He said the site needs a "crosswalk, right there," pointing to the entrance of the apartment complex.

Bob Crannell, Mill Creek police chief, said: "My best advice is cross at the light. That’s why they’re there."

The light is down the street.

"This incident is a tragedy. But if you cross in the middle of the block it’s unsafe, and there’s nothing the police department or anyone else can do," Crannell said.

Crandall struck Loshbaugh at 16101 Bothell-Everett Highway at 10:25 p.m. on Tuesday. Loshbaugh died at about 11:40 p.m. at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Loshbaugh leaves behind his parents, Melodee and Dan; older brother Gabe, 24; and girlfriend, Cali, whose last name was unavailable.

Brock’s mother said her son was "extremely deep and very wise."

He was one year away from his degree in metaphysical healing from Northwest School of Healing, she said. The last time she saw her son, she was delivering a box of Valentine’s cookies to him at the Coho Cafe in Redmond, where he worked.

Cathy Bumiller, general manager at the cafe, said Loshbaugh was "positive and bright. He’d come in and lift everyone’s spirits."

"My crew is devastated," she added. "I’ve got guests calling and sending flowers."

His mother said her son was looking forward to his future career and his life with Cali, whom he was "madly in love with." She said the couple had been together for two years. She suspects they planned to marry but hadn’t announced it yet.

"She was on the way to meet him when she came upon the accident," Melodee Loshbaugh said.

Cali called Loshbaugh’s parents with the tragic news.

Crandall, 29, a Snohomish County resident, was not injured, but he has been off-duty since the accident. On Friday, Burns said Crandall was "pretty shook up," just as anyone would be under the circumstances.

Jana Hill edits the Mill Creek edition of the weekly Enterprise Newspapers. She can be reached at janahill@heraldnet.com or 425-673-6533.

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