Washington State Patrol seeks witnesses to two crashes

Updated on: 2/15/2019

The Washington State Patrol is asking people who witnessed these crashes to come forward and speak with officers about what they saw. Call (360) 596-4000 or the number for your local district office to give your witness statement to officers.

1 dead in rollover crash

Location: Interstate 5 near State Route 516 in Kent

Time: Approximately 11:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17th, 2017

Accident description: This incident began when the driver of a Buick Park Avenue sedan apparently lost control and hit the guardrail on the left side of the highway. The Buick flipped and landed on its roof in the median. A woman was ejected from the vehicle and thrown into the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, where she was struck by several other vehicles.

A white Volkswagen Jetta traveling on Interstate 5 swerved to avoid the woman in the road and rolled over onto its right side.

Injuries:

  • The woman who was ejected from the Buick died.
  • The driver of the Volkswagen sustained minor injuries. Three people who had been in the Buick sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigation: Detectives are not yet sure who was driving the Buick. They obtained search warrants and performed blood draws for all of the surviving occupants of the Buick; all showed signs of intoxication. One was booked into jail on an outstanding felony warrant.

Car plummets from I-5 in hit-and-run crash

Interstate 5 crash

The damaged vehicle that fell 30 feet into a parking lot. Image source: Q13 Fox

Location: Interstate 5 near Spokane Street

Time: Approximately 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Accident description: A vehicle that was traveling on Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed apparently lost control and crashed into a gold Chevrolet Tahoe. The Chevrolet tipped over the right barrier of the freeway, fell 30 feet, and landed in a parking lot owned by the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the Chevrolet continued southbound on Interstate 5 and left the scene of the accident. It has been described as a dark four door sedan.

Injuries:

  • The driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
  • It is unknown whether the driver of the dark sedan sustained injuries in the crash.

Investigation: Police are searching for the dark four door sedan. If the driver is found, he or she will likely be charged with felony hit-and-run. 

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