The two people who died in a two-car collision on state Highway 522 near Maltby, Snohomish County, on Monday were identified this morning as Redmond residents Joan S. Kinger, 76, and Stanley Kinger, 79.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the Kingers were headed west on 522 around 3:15 p.m. when an eastbound Mitsubishi Eclipse crossed the center line and collided with the Kingers’ Ford Fusion.
Police said the driver of the Eclipse, 24-year-old Gerardo Martinez-Urrutia of Monroe, had drifted onto the right shoulder of the highway east of Fales Road, hit a construction barrel and then overcorrected and crossed the center line.
Martinez-Urrutia and a 1-year-old girl in the car with him were taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Joan Kinger was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Stanley Kinger died at the hospital, police said.
The collision resulted in the closure of the stretch of 522 in both directions for almost four hours.