Renton Man Arrested for DUI after Federal Way Crash

A 21-year-old man from Renton was arrested and booked into King County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) Sunday after he caused a serious DUI accident that killed one man and hospitalized several additional injured victims.

Police say 21-year-old Stephen Palmer was driving a black 2001 Nissan southbound on Interstate 5 in Federal Way when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a barrier on the side of the highway. A second car driven by 24-year-old Jesus Chaves was behind Palmer and crashed into his Nissan, pushing it back into the roadway.

After the second collision, a tractor-trailer carrying a tank of fuel crashed into Chaves’ car, causing the tractor-trailer to roll off the roadway. After the impact the fuel truck caught fire and the 68-year-old driver, identified as Joseph Bartkowski of Sumner, died as a result of the collision.

Two passengers in Palmer’s car, in addition to Chaves, were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way to be treated for their injuries. There was no information available regarding the extent of their injuries, and the impaired driving collision remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol (WSP). Charges are reportedly currently pending against Palmer.

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