April 28, 2008

Two students from PLU die in car accident

Two Pacific Lutheran University students died in a fiery car crash near Brewster, in Eastern Washington, Friday night. The two were also close friends.

The driver, from Tonasket, Washington, swerved and hit another car head. His twin brother, who is a student at the University of Puget Sound, was critically injured in the accident.

The driver who died was an offensive lineman for PLU. Denham was from Bend, Ore.

Students gathered Saturday morning at the PLU track to remember the victims. Another student gathering was planned for Saturday at 8 p.m.

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April 25, 2008

Three car pileup near Mill Creek leaves 5 injured

An automobile accident that blocked 132nd street near Mill creek left a seriously injured teen trapped in the wreckage of a car for nearly an hour Tuesday.

The cause of the three-car crash is still being determined, Mill Creek police spokeswoman Robin Swanson said.

According to officials, the accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. when a red SUV and a black minivan collided head-on. A third car then became involved in the pileup.

"It was almost like a bomb," said Courtney Norkin, 21, a barista at Buffalo Espresso, located opposite the crash scene. She said she turned away from making coffee drinks and saw the air bags explode inside the cars.

"It was really scary. I've never actually witnessed an accident like that," she said. "It was intense."

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Battalion Chief Ralph Provenzano said that five people were hurt, including the 17-year-old boy, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by helicopter with what appeared to be multiple broken bones. The other Washington car accident injuries seemed to be minor.

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April 22, 2008

Big rig crash leaves Everett man dead

An Everett man died when two big trucks smashed into each other on Highway 526 early Friday morning.

Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said that the crash happened about 4:15am.

A tractor-trailer heading east was pulling through the intersection at Everett Mall Way onto Highway 527 when it apparently was hit broadside by a northbound rig. That truck was not hauling a trailer.

The Everett man was ejected from his cabin during the truck accident and died at the scene.

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April 21, 2008

Lakewood crash leaves two dead

A man and a woman from Lakewood were killed and three others injured when a Ferrari hit a shuttle bus in an auto accident in Lakewood. The two people in the Ferrari were killed in the crash.

Lt. Dave Guttu, of the Lakewood police, said the driver and passenger in the Ferrari died at the scene of the automobile accident on Sunday afternoon.

According to local news reports, the driver and two of the passengers in the Transpro shuttle were injured. They were then taken to local hospitals for treatment. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, said Guttu.

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April 20, 2008

$850,000 paid by state in fatal crash

According to Seattletimes.com, the State of Washington has agreed to pay $850,000 to the estate of a woman who died four years ago in a fatal traffic collision with a man who was on Department of Corrections (DOC) community supervision.

Seattle police say that Gloria Daquep, 55, was killed April 24th, 2004, when Charles W. Roberson III crossed the center line of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle and collided with her car. Roberson's blood-alcohol level was double the 0.08 percent limit for legal intoxication at the time of the crash.

Police also say that just before hitting Daquep, Roberson was involved in a separate hit-and-run accident with a different car.

Roberson apparently had a history of driving offenses. In this Seattle Auto accident, he was seriously injured and was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. He was later convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to nine years at McNeil Island Corrections Center.

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April 14, 2008

Highway 202 crash in Redmond leaves one dead

A two-car collision killed a man and injured another Monday afternoon in Redmond. Rain and wet conditions likely contributed to this Washignton state highway accident.

The driver of a Honda was driving west on Highway 202 at Sahalee Way Northeast. According to Keith Trowbridge, State Patrol spokesman, he then drove into standing water and lost control of his car.

Veering into oncoming traffic, the Honda then struck a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, Trowbridge said.

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April 11, 2008

Cyclist hit by truck miraculously survives

A 60-year-old man was cycling around Bainbridge Island, riding down Highway 305, when he merged into the left turn-lane. He remembers a vehicle coming up quickly to the left, behind him.

"As a biker knows, when you see something like that it's a really bad thing. It shouldn't have been there and it shouldn't be overtaking me. I should have been the farthest left of everybody," he said.

According to police, the 23-year-old female driver hit him, then ran over his head. She then stopped the car, took a look at the injured cyclist, and then drove off.

Luckily, there were witnesses who stopped and described the driver to police. At the time of her arrest, it appeared she had been driving under the influence and there was evidence of alcohol in the car.

"I knew something bad had happened. I knew I had been in a bicycle accident apparently," he said about the moment he came to in the ambulance.

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April 4, 2008

Two injured in Lakewood crash

A head-on automobile crash in Lakewood late Friday morning left at least two people seriously injured. According to Lakewood police, the cars collided just after 11 a.m. on Bridgeport Way SW near Seattle Avenue.

Two people who were trapped inside the cars need to be extricated when medics arrived. No word on if there were additional injuries or the extent of the injuries to the two trapped.

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April 3, 2008

Apparent hit-and-run death investigated in Tulalip

A Marysville woman was hit and killed early Wednesday morning by an apparent hit-and-run driver. There was no information for Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives about the vehicle involved in the death. They spent several hours at the scene after the pedestrian accident, collecting evidence and taking measurements along the road.

A gas can was recovered at the scene by detectives. They also found a motorcycle that was parked south of the scene, on the west side of 34th Avenue NE. Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said that it’s unclear if the motorcycle is connected to the incident. Investigators are asking for the public’s help to locate the driver or in providing details about the hit-and-run accident.

The 56 year old woman was found about 6:40 a.m. by a man driving southbound on I-5, Hover said. The woman was lying in a grassy area near a barbed wire fence between 34th Avenue NE and the freeway. Hover also said that the woman had died at the scene.

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April 1, 2008

Driver charged with leaving scene of fatal crash

An Auburn man, 22, was arrested today after he allegedly fled the scene of a four-vehicle collision. A 50-year-old woman was killed in the collision, and at least five other people were injured in the auto accident.

The man was driving on A Street Southeast in Auburn when he was involved in a verbal exchange with the male passenger in another car in the next lane. The two cars collided, and the second car veered into the northbound lane into oncoming traffic, colliding with a third car and a pickup.

The woman, 50, who was driving the third car, died at the scene of the Washington Car Accident, said Scott Near, spokesman for the Auburn Police Department. The elderly man who was driving the pickup was unharmed.

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