Wash. EMT, 22, killed after being knocked off bridge following crash

Jordan Shelley had car trouble and was standing outside his vehicle when another vehicle crashed into his and pushed it, hitting Shelley and knocking him off the bridge and into water

By Leila Merrill

SEATTLE — EMT Jordan Shelley, 22, was killed in a vehicle crash on Seattle’s Ship Canal Bridge while on his way to work Tuesday.

Shelley’s car broke down along Interstate 5, King5 reported.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Shelley was standing outside his vehicle when another vehicle hit his vehicle from behind. His vehicle was pushed forward, hitting Shelley and sending him over the bridge's railing into the water. 

Seattle Fire Department members searched for him in the water.

Divers with the police department recovered Jordan's body hours later, according to Fox 13.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson said that the other driver at the scene has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular homicide. Bail was set at $100,000. 

Shelley started his career with American Medical Response in January, according to an AMR Facebook post.

Jordan graduated from Skagit Valley College and received a McIntyre scholarship full ride scholarship to study medicine at the University of Washington, King 5 reported.

Skagit Valley College president, Dr. Tom Keegan said “I am heartbroken. Jordan was such a bright light and a shining personality. His energy was infectious. He inspired many of us at the college, including his fellow students, faculty, and staff. My thoughts and prayers are with Jordan’s family."

His mother said he wanted to be an anesthesiologist and was a forgiving person.

"Jordan was very quick to forgive, even more so than us," said Teresa Shelley. "That’s a huge lesson we’ve learned in this. Forgiveness can’t wait. You rush to forgive. We should all do that."


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