A Marysville woman who was critically injured in a five-car collision in Burien on Dec. 17 died from her injuries this week, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The victim was identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday as Barbara Eakin, 54.
Police said Eakin and her husband, Clay Eakin, were headed to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on southbound Highway 509 shortly before 5 a.m. when the driver of a vehicle on a side road, above the freeway, lost control of the Chevrolet Malibu he was driving. The Malibu rolled down the embankment and landed in the southbound lanes of 509, where it collided with the Eakins’ Mazda hatchback.
The Mazda was then struck by three additional vehicles, according to the State Patrol.
Barbara Eakin sustained critical injuries, and her husband’s injuries were classified as serious, police said. None of the other injuries were as grave, police said.
The driver of the Malibu, 24-year-old Christopher Wittman, fled on foot but was tracked down and arrested by sheriff’s deputies. Police said he smelled of intoxicants and that alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the crash.
Wittman, who is being held in the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on $200,000 bail, pleaded not guilty to vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run at his arraignment this week. Under state law, he is likely to face an upgraded charge of vehicular homicide in light of Eakin’s death on Tuesday.