Girl Killed in I-5 Wreck Involving Disabled Vehicle and Impaired Driver

Updated on: 2/5/2019

A 16-year-old girl was killed in a wreck on Interstate 5 in Olympia on Saturday after the disabled vehicle she was in was struck by another vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. on the right shoulder of northbound I-5 near milepost 107.

Police say the girl was one of four people in a Nissan Altima that was traveling with another vehicle from Oregon. When the other vehicle got a flat tire, they pulled over to the shoulder and called a tow truck. 

While they were waiting, a Ford Focus slammed into the back of the Altima. The 40-year-old Poulsbo man driving the Focus was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. A passenger in the Focus, an 8-year-old Shelton girl, was also injured and taken to the hospital. The man faces possible charges of vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment; impaired driving is suspected.

A Hermiston, Oregon, family, including the 16-year-old girl, was in the Altima. A 42-year-old woman was injured and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. The 48-year-old man driving the car was not injured and neither was a 14-year-old boy.

Further details are not available. The incident remains under investigation.

Location of the Crash


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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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