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December 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Bail set at $200K for driver in 5-car collision on Highway 509

A judge set bail at $200,000 for a man suspected of causing a five-car collision on Highway 509 in Burien that prosecutors say left two people with life-threatening injuries.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 24-year-old was driving on a roadway above 509 on at around 5 a.m. Wednesday when he went off the road and rolled down an embankment, through bushes and into the southbound lanes of the highway.

His vehicle was struck by a Mazda, which was in turn was hit by three other vehicles, according to police.
The occupants of the Mazda, a husband and wife, were both injured. The woman was in critical condition on Wednesday and her husband was listed as serious, according to Harborview Medical Center.

The driver of the vehicle that rolled down the embankment fled the accident scene on foot, but was taken into custody at a nearby gas station, police said.

According to the certification of probable cause, officers noted the smell of intoxicants on him, and he said he had been drinking before driving.

The man is being held in the King County Regional Justice Center for investigation of vehicular assault. Prosecutors expect to make a charging decision in his case Friday.

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