Man struck by pickup remains in intensive care

ARLINGTON – A 77-year-old man remained in serious condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Monday after being struck by a pickup over the weekend.

George Belshaw Jr. of Lynnwood was crossing Highway 9 at Highland Drive in his motorized scooter around 5 p.m. Sunday when a pickup, driven by a 47-year-old Arlington man, struck the scooter.

Belshaw was airlifted from the scene to Harborview.

Arlington police and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate.

Whidbey Island: Area added to state park

At last, South Whidbey Island State Park will be whole.

That’s according to the original members of Save The Trees, the Whidbey Island grassroots group that 30 years ago fought to keep a 255-acre forest from being clear cut.

After much fighting, they managed to have the parcel known as “Classic U” added to the park.

However, a key 7.3-acre parcel somehow fell through the cracks and has remained in private hands all this time.

After several attempts to sell and protect the land failed, the owner of the property earlier this year put it up for sale.

That served as a rallying cry for the original members of Save the Trees, said Sue Ellen White, an original member of the group.

First the group convinced the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to kick in $205,000. Then, on Monday, the Island County Board of Commissioners agreed to use a land acquisition fund to pay $187,000.

Together the two allocations will allow the land to be bought and permanently protected, White said.

Everett: Woman hit while crossing street

A sport utility vehicle struck an Everett woman while she was crossing Broadway at 13th Street around 1 p.m. Monday, Everett police Sgt. Boyd Bryant said.

The woman was transported to Providence Everett Medical Center Colby Campus for treatment of scrapes and bruises, Bryant said.

Broadway was closed briefly for investigation of the accident, Bryant said.

From Herald staff reports

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