Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: July 1, 2016
Contact: Trooper Christina Martin
Phone: (425) 401-7724
Cell: (360) 480-2601
Twitter: @wspd2pio

High Speed Collision on SR 167 Sends Five Occupants to Hospital

At 2:06 this morning, July 1, 2016, on State Route 167 in Auburn the 18 year old driver of a 2002 Mercedes 320 carrying three underage passengers caused a three car collision that sent the driver and four others to area hospitals. The Mercedes was witnessed to be driving at a high rate of speed just prior to colliding with a 2009 Dodge Journey, causing the Dodge to roll onto its side into a ditch, injuring the driver and passenger.

Speed is the third most common contributing factor in fatality collisions and DUI is a factor in 50% of all traffic related deaths in Washington State.

This morning's collision was the first injury collision as we begin another long holiday weekend of travel, outdoor activities, family gatherings and celebrations. Troopers will be on the road throughout the holiday weekend looking for dangerous drivers. The WSP urges drivers to drive sober and remain vigilant of other vehicles. If you see someone driving erratically, that is an emergency and you should call 9-1-1. It is legal to use your cell phone to call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

"It's our goal that our residents and visitors alike are able to travel safely this holiday weekend, said Captain Ron Mead, District 2 (King County) Commander. Our troopers and law enforcement partners will be working tirelessly throughout the weekend to ensure the safety and security of all those who travel on our highways. Rest assured we will have zero tolerance for drunk driving and other unsafe driving behaviors."