UPDATE: Woman Killed After Car Crashes Into Renton Farmers Insurance Building

The woman was inside the Farmers Insurance building when a car crashed into it.

A woman inside the Farmers Insurance building on Logan Avenue was killed Wednesday morning after a car crashed through the office’s front pane glass window.

At 10:41 a.m., Renton Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call of a car into a building at 45 Logan Avenue South. First responders found an “older woman” pinned under a white sedan.

After freeing her, they performed CPR; however, she did not respond and was pronounced dead shortly after 11:30 a.m.

The King County Medical Examiner and a Chaplain were called to the scene. Officials have not yet released her age or name.

Officials don't know if the victim was a customer or an employee. The driver of the car, also a woman, wasn't hurt.

The crash closed one block of Logan Avenue South for more than an hour Wednesday morning. As of the publishing of this article, the road is still closed for investigation.

Walt’s Auto Car Manager, Bob Turner, has seen plenty of accidents at this intersection where cars have crashed into the tan building on the corner and into the sub shop.

Jim Dawson didn’t hear the impact, but he couldn’t ignore the sirens.

“I avoid that intersection unless I’m going straight down to The Landing,” he said.

Dawson owns the building just across the street, at 58 Logan Avenue South that holds his business,

Industrial Systems Laboratory, and Jamie Dawson’s business Creative Arts Counciling.

Jamie Dawson agrees that Airport and Logan is “a pretty dangerous intersection. People blow through the light at 40 mph and the poor sub shop gets hit at least once or twice a year.

Editor's Note: The car color was incorrectly reported in the original story. Patch regrets the error.

ian November 14, 2012 at 09:27 PM
UphillRunning - Patch posted a picture of the vehicle that was being described, yet failed to accurately describe it. I don't remember saying I'm "all about details," I just found it funny that a professional news organization could make such a silly mistake. Thanks for critiquing my comment, though.
Jenny Manning November 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM
ian — You're right, that was sloppy reporting. I was the first reporter on scene and snapped that photo before police officers asked me to get behind the police line, which was not yet set up. From that angle, I could not see the car and asked a first responder for the color. That's how I got the green. Accident scenes are hectic. It didn't help that I had to pound out an article and then put on a two-hour social media workshop (http://patch.com/A-y4dS). Still, I should have better reviewed my story and my photos for inconsistencies. Thank you for pointing out my error.
Jenny Manning November 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Thank you, UphillRunning, for posting your photo of the helicopters!
Shannon November 15, 2012 at 04:57 PM
We knew Kaye very well. She was the glue in her family. To the Hall and Martinez family, you are in our prayers. Kaye will be missed. A couple of things need to be addressed about this incident; First, I love my 80 year old grandmother, but she also gets confused, and for this reason hasn't driven in 15 years. I know this was unintentional, and this lady is probably grieving her mistake. I pray for her as well. Secondly, Two separate businesses in that strip have had cars fly though their store fronts. I think the City of Renton needs to make some changes to that road.
Rick Freeman November 18, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Condolences to the Hall family. We will also add you to our prayers. Not knowing very much about the circumstances (other than what I've read in the recent articles). I am wondering. In the light of frequecy of accidents at that intersection, if there hasn't been at least one or two requests for a metal barrier to protect Renton's businesses and its citizens. If so, I'm curious as to how they were processed. No amount of liability settlement can replace a loved one but just knowing that this will never happen again will at least produce some good out of a needlessly tragic situation.


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