UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. | A woman died from her injuries late this morning after a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into her car on Highway 520 near Montlake Boulevard about 5:30 a.m.
Police arrested the driver of the other vehicle and said it appeared he had been drinking. According to court records, the man has a pending DUI case in Tacoma.
The Washington State Patrol says the woman who died is Morgan F. Williams, 58, of Seattle. The driver of the other vehicle, an SUV, was identified as 25-year-old Michael A. Robertson of Tacoma. He suffered a leg injury and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. State Patrol Sgt. John Sager said the man was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault.
Sager said Robertson drove his 1993 Ford Explorer westbound into the eastbound lanes of Highway 520, crashing head-on into Williams’ Mazda Protege. Rescuers had to cut Williams from her car. She was taken to Harborview, where she died, said State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins. Eastbound traffic was closed for more than two hours.
Tacoma Municipal Court dockets indicate Robertson was arrested by Tacoma police on Dec. 15. He was charged with driving under the influence on Jan. 16. He pleaded not guilty to the charge. Details of the arrest were not immediately available.
In a court appearance on Jan. 31, he was ordered by a judge not to drive without a valid license and to not drink or take drugs, according to the docket. The judge did not order that Robertson have an alcohol-sensing interlock system installed on his car in order to drive.
The victim, Williams, who lived in North Seattle, was on her way to work at Eddie Bauer in Redmond at the time of the collision, said her younger brother, Matt Fick.
Williams grew up in Oak Harbor and was student body president at Oak Harbor High School, Fick said. She earned her accounting degree from the University of Washington in 1977 and has worked for Eddie Bauer for three decades, he said. The mother of two adult children, Williams kept in regular touch with her extended family and various circles of friends, Fick said.
“We are heartbroken,” he said. “She was the glue who kept a lot of groups together.”