A Kent School District staff member was injured in a hit-and-run accident on his way to work on Friday, March 1. Andrew Dinsmore, a remarkable member of our Nutrition Services team, was riding his bike to work around 5:30 a.m. when he was struck by a car at the intersection of 256th Street SE and 135th Avenue SE.
Andrew is beloved by our central kitchen team and all who know him on our Central Administration campus. As news of the accident spread on Friday, some responded with tears, or anger, and others sprang into action wondering how to support the Dinsmore family.
Today, KSD Superintendent Calvin J. Watts visited with Andrew at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is in serious condition with broken bones, cuts, and is recovering from surgery.
"Andrew's spirits are up and while he knows his road to recovery is long, he also knows his family and friends, including Team KSD, have him in our thoughts and prayers," Dr. Watts said. Smiling, he continued, "When I asked him, 'Andy, what can I do for you?' he simply replied 'Tell everyone to be careful out there.'"
If you have worked with Andrew, you know his care and concern for others is genuine, it is who he is.
Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Don Dinsmore, Andrew’s dad, stopped by the Central Administration building to drop off flyers and provide an update on Andrew’s status. Normally, he stops in to have lunch with Andrew, but that will have to wait a few months, as Andrew is facing a lengthy recovery before he can return to the position he loves.
Andrew's family is passing out flyers with the hope that witnesses or people with information will come forward. We encourage anyone with information to call the Kent Police at (253) 852-2121.