Update at 2:39 p.m.: King County sheriff’s Detective Jason Stanley said the driver killed in Monday’s crash was a 34-year-old Puyallup woman who was suspected of stealing clothing and electronics from a Kohl’s department store in Covington.
He also that the car she had been driving at the time of the fatal collision had been stolen out of Auburn in August.
Her two passengers, who are also shoplifting suspects, were identified as a 30-year-old Auburn man and a 26-year old Federal Way woman. The man, who is wanted on a state Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody, is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, Stanley said. The woman is reported to be in serious condition.
A passenger in a pickup struck by the fleeing suspects was in Washington on business from Texas, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Stanley said the deputy who had been pursuing the suspect’s vehicle before the collision has been with the Sheriff’s Office for eight years. Before that, he was a police officer in Massachusetts.
He said there will be a department driving-review board, standard procedure for vehicle pursuits, at a later date.
Original post: The King County Sheriff’s Office has updated the conditions three people injured in a fatal crash following a police pursuit Monday night in Covington.
Sheriff’s spokesman Det. Jason Stanley said the two passengers in the suspect’s vehicle were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where a male patient is listed in critical condition and a female is in serious condition.
A passenger in a pickup that was struck by the suspect’s vehicle was taken to Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken leg, Stanley said.
Stanley said he expects to release additional information about the pursuit and a shoplifting incident that preceded it on Wednesday afternoon. He said the Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation, not an outside agency.
The driver suspected of stealing from the Covington store was killed, and three other people were injured in the crash.
Deputies were alerted to a theft suspect leaving a store in Covington around 6 p.m. and given the description of the suspect, the suspect’s vehicle and a license-plate number, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle left before deputies arrived, but was seen by a detective who was driving home.
Another sheriff’s deputy who was nearby spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it, the Sheriff’s Office said. The deputy chased the vehicle for three minutes, but lost sight of it, the Sheriff’s Office says.
The deputy next saw the vehicle after it had collided with a pickup in the 32800 block of Southeast Auburn Black Diamond Road. The driver of the suspect car was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. Two passengers in the vehicle and a passenger in the pickup were taken to hospitals.
The driver’s name has not been released.
The Sheriff’s Office has said the suspect vehicle had been reported stolen.