The passenger in a pickup truck that had stopped on southbound Interstate 5 in Snohomish County to secure a loose load was killed Saturday when a car swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision and struck him, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The victim was identified as Gerald Olmstead, 51, of Bothell.
The patrol said the driver of the Dodge Ram pickup, identified as Patrick Grover, 29, of Marysville, had pulled to the right shoulder of the interstate near 172nd Drive Northeast in Snohomish County and stopped after debris in the back of his truck came loose.
His passenger, Olmstead, got out of the truck to adjust the load and a car coming from behind “slowed aggresively, almost to a stop,” according to a WSP traffic incident report. A Toyota pickup truck behind that vehicle, driven by Anthony J. Richardson, 23, swerved to the right onto the shoulder to avoid a collision and struck Olmstead.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the WSP.
The accident remains under investigation.