The Kirkland community is mourning after a 3-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle in a local Safeway parking lot and died. Authorities later identified the toddler as Logan Carmo.
An outpouring of support from neighbors has pushed an online memorial fund on gofundme.com for the Brazillian family to nearly $30,000. And stuffed animals, flowers and balloons were left on the minivan belonging to the Carmo family as it remained in the parking lot.
The accident took place on April 25 in a parking area situated between a McDonald’s and Safeway location in the Juanita neighborhood. Logan was there with his mother and twin brother to celebrate at the McDonald’s restaurant.
At about 12:11 p.m., police were notified of a vehicle pedestrian accident at 100th Ave Northeast. Fire, medic and police responders arrived and CPR was performed on Logan. They were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive the boy, said Lt. Rob Saloum with the Kirkland Police Department (KPD).
At the time of the accident, it wasn’t yet known how the child ended up in the middle of the lot’s traffic flow.
Many other details were unclear, as investigators had half the Safeway parking lot closed off that afternoon. Nearby shoppers — many of them being mothers with young children — attempted to conduct their shopping errands.
What Kirkland police did uncover was that Logan’s mother was nearby when the slow-speed accident took place. The driver who allegedly struck the child was cooperating with the investigation. Saloum said the driver described feeling something with their vehicle, hearing somebody and then stopping their car.
Saloum would not speculate on whether the mother of the child was distracted during the accident, but did say parking lots can be busy and that others should be careful.
“It just takes a moment for something like this to happen,” Saloum said, warning that parking lots, although appearing safe, can be dangerous.
“This was a slow-speed accident — it wasn’t like someone was pulling through quickly,” Saloum said. “It just takes literally a half second for someone to step out…you just have to be diligent. You have to be careful.”
A memorial service, open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 3 at the Washington Cathedral Church in Redmond.