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Police in Sammamish say that two people were killed and at least one more is suffering from serious injuries after a 68-year-old Sammamish woman crashed into her own house on Lake Sammamish Friday evening.
According to official reports, the woman was parking a Jeep SUV at her residence in Sammamish when she lost control of the vehicle. Witnesses said she initially crashed into the front of the house before tearing through the living room and becoming partially submerged in Lake Sammamish.
Her three-year-old grandson was reportedly inside of the vehicle at the time, though police officials say that both the woman driver and the child were uninjured in the crash. Sadly, the woman’s 70-year-old husband or partner was reportedly inside of the home when she crashed through it and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver’s daughter and son-in-law were also inside the home when the crash occurred and both suffered critical injuries as a result. They were both taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for their injuries, but the 40-year-old man was pronounced dead Monday.
“She had her grandson on her lap and was re-parking her car she put it into gear and she took off, it’s a brand new Jeep it took off right through the house,” said Dr. Kevin Connolly, who lives nearby the house that was involved in the incident.
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The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is currently investigating the incident and will attempt to reconstruct the accident scene to determine the speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash, as well as any possible contributing factors.
It has been highly publicized that the woman was arrested after police arrived at the scene of the collision, as investigators have claimed that a drug recognition expert noticed possible signs of drug or alcohol impairment while interviewing the driver to get her side of the story.
Investigators took a blood draw from the woman to see if there were any drugs or alcohol in her bloodstream, but KCSO officials say it could take several weeks before they have the results of that test. Police will then determine whether or not to pursue criminal charges against the woman after the results of the toxicology report are made public.
Although police believe they had reason to believe the woman was impaired at the time of the incident, neighbors who witnessed the crash say they believe it was just a freak accident and hope that the driver will not be charged.