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Pedestrian struck by car, seriously injured overnight in U District

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SEATTLE - A pedestrian was struck by a car and seriously injured overnight in Seattle's University District, emergency officials said.

Police and medics responded to the scene, at 5th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street, at about 1 a.m. after receiving reports of a pedestrian being hit, said Mark Jamieson of the Seattle police.

An injured 45-year-old man was found at the scene. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver of the car, a 57-year-old man, was heading west on 45th Street when he attempted to turn south onto 5th Avenue. It appears that the pedestrian was attempting to cross the street when he was struck, Jamieson said.

The car's windshield was shattered by the force of the impact.

Officers evaluated the driver for any signs of impairment, but found none.

Streets were closed in the vicinity during the investigation but have since reopened.