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It's Been A Deadly Few Days On Washington's Roadways
Bainbridge Island, Elma, Snohomish & Yelm area residents lose their lives

January 10, 2017

Aftermath of fatal one-vehicle accident in Thurston County. Photo: WSP Larger Image Below.

LARGER IMAGE OF ABOVE. Aftermath of fatal one-vehicle accident in Thurston County. Photo: WSP CLICK TO ENLARGE
Chronicle staff

(REGIONAL) -- Each day when we all get behind the wheel of our cars, trucks and SUV's to head to work, school or the grocery store none of us think that will be our last day on earth.

None of us have a thought in our heads that says, this will be the day I die. Fatal accidents happen to others.

But for thousands of people across the country, that day was their last day among the living. When they turned that key and started the engine, none of them - or the passengers in the vehicle - thought or knew they would be dead in a very short period of time.

The past few days in Washington state have seen a number of serious accidents resulting in death or serious injuries or both. This story looks at just a few of them.

The photo of the crashed van you see at upper right is the result of a fatality collision in Thurston County on Monday.

The state patrol says it happened just before 7:00 am Monday morning in the 2400 block of Reservation Rd SE, when the driver of the van tried to pass another vehicle, lost control, left the roadway and crashed in a roll-over accident..

The passenger in the van, identified at this time only as a Yelm, WA area man in his mid twenties was killed. The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

Bainbridge Island man dies in Kittitas County

For a young Bainbridge Island, WA man the end came on Interstate 90 Saturday Jan 7 about 5 miles west of Cle Elum in eastern Washington.

The Wash. State Patrol (WSP) says there was a three car pile-up that happened just after 2 pm that day when one vehicle slowed due to a traffic collision ahead but another vehicle, behind that one, did not slow down and smashed into vehicle #1.

Vehicle #1 (a green 1996 Ford Explorer) then rolled and came to rest on its driver side in the road. Then a third vehicle failed to slow and also hit the Explorer this time in the roof.

The WSP says Dashell M. Mortell, 19, of Bainbridge Island, WA a passenger in the Explorer died at the scene.

The following passengers in that vehicle were injured:

~ 21-year old Chanlin J. Morgan of Bremerton, WA. Taken by aid car to Kittitas Valley Hospital.

~ John J. Crawford, 18, of Vancouver, WA. Rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

~ Justin A. Crawford, 21, also of Vancouver, WA. Taken by aid car to Kittitas Valley Hospital.

The driver of the SUV, identified as Andrew L. Hammond of Bremerton, WA was injured and transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital.

The WSP says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Snohomish man dies in Adams county

The state patrol says a Snohomish, WA man died Sunday in a 2-car accident eastbound on State Route 26, some 13-miles from the tiny hamlet (about 200 people) of Washtucna, WA in Adams county.

The patrol report says the driver of a Bronze 2003 Acura 32TL was eastbound on the highway near milepost 69 and a white 2016 Ford Explorer was westbound, when both vehicles, for reasons unknown, collided head-on.

Deceased at the scene was the driver of the Acura identified as 20-year old Rachel A. Pomeroy of Snohomish, WA.

Not injured was the driver of the Explorer identified as Donald R. Graham, 60, of Bothell, WA.

The state patrol says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Accident in Snohomish County brings vehicular assault charges

It was just after 4 am Sat. January 7 when the gray 2008 Ford Fusion left the roadway on Interstate 405 at milepost 28 and crashed badly, ejecting a passenger.

The crash occurred right where 405 enters Snohomish County, before the interchange with the Bothell-Everett Highway (SR 527).

The state patrol report says the driver, identified as 37-year old Eutimio Lienzogiron of Camano Island, WA sustained minor injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

A passenger, identified as Guadalupe Paddillatorres, 38, also of Camano Island was ejected from the vehicle, sustaining lacerations to the face. He was also transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The state patrol report says alcohol or drugs appeared to have been a factor in the crash and vehicular assault charges are pending.

One more thing.

Before a loved one gets in a car and heads out to work, school or on an errand today, might not be a bad idea to tell them what you would want them to know if they did not return home.



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