A 68-year-woman who drove her SUV through her family’s Lake Sammamish home on Friday evening, killing her partner and son-in-law, smelled of alcohol immediately after the crash, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman is being investigated for vehicular homicide, but prosecutors said charges are pending further investigation and the results of a toxicology test. She was arrested and released from King County Jail on Saturday.
Authorities say the woman was in a Jeep SUV with her 3-year-old grandson on her lap when the vehicle crashed through the waterfront home and drove into the lake, killing her 70-year-old partner and critically injuring her 40-year-old son-in-law and her 34-year-old daughter. The son-in-law died Monday.
A deputy who responded to the scene said the driver smelled of alcohol when he questioned her. She initially said she would voluntarily take a blood test, but later declined, saying she wanted to talk to an attorney first, according to an affidavit of probable case.
The deputy said he drove her to the Lake Sammamish Police Department. “The smell of alcohol intoxicants was very strong when I got her out of the car,” the deputy wrote in the affidavit. “I could continue to small alcohol on her breath when she spoke.”
The woman’s daughter remains hospitalized. Her grandson was not injured and is staying with relatives, according to the sheriff’s office.