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By Casey McNerthney
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

SEATTLE - An off-duty Seattle police officer was hit by a sedan Sunday night while running with a friend near Seattle Center.
The officer was struck about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Broad Street and Denny Way.
His injuries were not life-threatening, a Fire Department spokeswoman said.
A woman driving a Saturn sedan struck the off-duty officer, police said. It was not clear Sunday night if she was ticketed, and the investigation was ongoing.
"Every indication from the investigation shows that the driver of the vehicle failed to yield to him as a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk," said Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel.
The officer was alert and talking before medics arrived. He clutched his left leg a few steps from the crosswalk as about a dozen people gathered.
Firefighters put a neck brace on the man and strapped him to a backboard. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Firefighters told people at the scene that the man had about a 3-inch gash on his left leg. As a precaution they treated him as though his leg was broken.
November, December and January -- months with the least amount of daylight -- are the most dangerous for pedestrian accidents.
A P-I analysis earlier this year found that an average of 54 people a month are hit during the winter in Seattle.
In the past three years, 23 people have been killed by vehicles while walking in Seattle, according to city statistics.
National studies report that the pedestrian fatality rate in Seattle is lower than in most major cities, but the studies don't chart debilitating injuries.
More than 2,400 pedestrians were in traffic-related accidents between 2002 and 2006, and 40 died.
The intersection at Ninth Avenue and James Street -- a marked intersection near Harborview -- had 14 incidents during that time period, making it the most prone in Seattle to pedestrian accidents.

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