Captain Monica Alexander
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*** For Immediate Release***
Update to Fatal Collision on Eastbound I-90 Mile Post 25
King County -- Washington State Patrol detectives believe that distracted driving may have contributed to a two vehicle, fatal collision that occurred at approximately 2:10 PM on Saturday, August 8th on Eastbound I-90/East of SR 18 in Snoqualmie.
According to troopers, a witness reported observing the driver of a 2002 Toyota Highlander traveling over the 70 mph speed limit zone and driving outside of the vehicle's lane of travel as it continued eastbound near SR 18. At least one witness also reported that the causing driver had a "phone to his ear" when the collision occurred.
The Toyota Highlander veered off the road, striking a 2008 Honda Civic which was stopped on the left shoulder of I-90. A 29 year old female, who was standing outside of the vehicle was also struck and suffered critical injuries. A 30 year old male, who was sitting inside of the parked Honda, died at Harborview Medical Center.
The driver of the Toyota Highlander, a 20 year old male from Medina, was not injured and was arrested for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault under the prong of driving with disregard for the safety of others.
Anyone who may have witnessed the suspect driving prior to the collision or observed the collision is asked to call or contact Detective Russ Haake at Russ.Haake@wsp.wa.gov or 425-401-7717.