A Granite Falls woman accused of causing a crash Monday on Highway 2 near Monroe that left nine people hurt had smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The 26-year-old woman told troopers that she collided with another car after she turned to look at her children, who were fighting in the backseat, according to booking paperwork released Tuesday by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office. Troopers reported finding a marijuana pipe in the woman’s 2002 Dodge Durango. The woman told troopers that she smoked “a bowl” of marijuana earlier in the day, the booking paperwork said.
The woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of three counts of vehicular assault.
While the woman’s children, ages 1 and 5, were not hurt, a 10-year-old boy in another vehicle was taken to Harborview Medical Center after suffering a crushed skull, according to the booking paperwork. Another two people were also taken to the Seattle trauma center, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Two of the three are listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview, Gregg was looking into the condition of the third person. The other victims were taken to Snohomish County hospitals.
According to the State Patrol: The woman was driving the Durango east on Highway 2 when she failed to stop for two other vehicles — one had stopped and the other had slowed in front of her — near milepost 17. The Durango skidded and drove into oncoming traffic, striking a third car head-on. A fifth car in the oncoming lanes drove into a ditch to avoid hitting any of the other cars.