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November 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM
November 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM
The Asscciated Press
PRESTON — The Washington State Patrol says a trooper was out of his car and not hurt Monday morning when the patrol car was hit by a pickup on Interstate 90 near Preston.
The patrol says the trooper was investigating a previous collision about 7 a.m. when the truck lost control while changing lanes and hit the car on the shoulder.
The truck driver, a 40-year-old Seattle man, also was not injured.
November 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ANGELES — The lawyer for a man whose sailboat was hit and sunk in the San Juan Islands by a state ferry says he hopes to settle a damage claim without a lawsuit.
Seattle lawyer Terry McGee told the Peninsula Daily News he doesn’t have a dollar figure for the claim because 68-year-old Jack Gray of Chimacum is still recovering from injuries and the value of the boat has yet to be determined.
McGee says the Washington State Ferries division has done a good job investigating the accident.
A report on the investigation released last week said human error by the crew of the ferry Hyak was responsible for the Sept. 13 collision near Orcas Island.
November 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM
A woman hit and killed by a car Thursday night in Shoreline has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Mavva Gazarbekova, 76.
Gazarbekova was killed instantly around 7:30 p.m. Thursday as she was crossing Northwest Richmond Beach Road. King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cindi West said Gazarbekova was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk.
West said no drugs, alcohol or a speeding vehicle were suspected.
November 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Teagan McGinnis, the 16-year-old Kentridge High School student involved in a traffic collision near school Tuesday morning, has died.
McGinnis died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
McGinnis was driving to school when a vehicle driven by a 49-year-old woman, who was heading north on 120th Place Southeast, turned left onto Southeast 208th Street and collided with his car. McGinnis lost control of his car and crossed into the westbound lanes of Southeast 208th Street, where it was struck by a third vehicle, driven by a 58-year-old woman.
Kent police started CPR on McGinnis. He was taken to Harborview and placed on life support.
The two other drivers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
November 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM
The Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. — The investigation into the death of an Alaska man on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana continues, but officials are charging a Washington state woman with striking the man’s remains in the road and washing them off at a carwash 40 miles away.
Wyran V. Young, 31, of Oak Harbor, was charged with failure to remain at the scene of a fatal accident in Sweet Grass County, and tampering with evidence, alleging she washed the man’s remains off the pickup in Livingston, which is in Park County. Her father, Westley L. Young, 50, was charged in Park County with tampering with evidence for his role in helping his daughter wash his pickup truck.
Park County Attorney Brett Linneweber said the charges were filed Friday and the Youngs were served with the charges Tuesday. They were ordered to appear in District Court in Big Timber on Dec. 10 for an initial appearance and arraignment.
There is no phone listing for Westley or Wyran Young in Oak Harbor and Linneweber said he did not know if they have an attorney who could comment.
Officials are still investigating the cause of death for Elgie Bedford, 81, of Wasilla, Alaska.
Charging documents say Bedford’s badly damaged body was found on the roadway Sept. 30 and it appeared he had been struck by several vehicles. That same day, a Livingston resident reported finding a body part at a carwash.
The Montana Highway Patrol investigated both reports and linked the body part found at the carwash to the remains on the highway, court records said. Investigators found other remains at the carwash.
Investigators spoke with a clerk at a gas station just south of Livingston who said a black pickup truck pulling a trailer pulled in to the gas station early Sept. 30 and she overheard the female driver tell a male passenger, “I think I ran over some furniture, there is material hanging beneath the truck.”
The man asked the clerk where the nearest carwash was, and the clerk directed then to the one where the body part was found later in the day. A credit card purchase at the gas station was made by Wyran Young and the clerk identified her from her driver’s license photograph, court records said. Surveillance video captured the license plate of the truck, which was registered to Westley Young, court records said.
When Island County authorities arrived to question the Youngs on Oct. 6, Wyran Young ran into the house and yelled, “Mom, dad, the police are here about Montana!” court records said.
A few moments later, Westley Young said, “The semi ahead of us hit the guy first.”
Westley Young’s pickup was seized, and officials with the Washington State Patrol said the undercarriage showed clear evidence of human tissue, bones and DNA, court records said.
November 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM
ORIGINAL POST: A Kentridge High School student was killed and two other drivers were injured this morning in a three-vehicle crash in Kent.
A vehicle driven by a 49-year-old woman was heading north on 120th Place Southeast when she turned left onto Southeast 208th Street, Kent police said. A second vehicle, driven by a 16-year-old Kentridge High student heading to school, struck the car, causing the boy’s car to lose control and cross into the westbound lanes of Southeast 208th Street, police said.
A westbound vehicle, driven by a 58-year-old woman, then struck the boy’s car.
Kent police arrived a short time later and started CPR on the injured boy. He was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries, according to police.
The two other drivers were also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and both are in stable condition.
“There are multiple factors to this collision scene, and it is too early in the investigation to make any specific determinations,” said Kent police Sgt. Robert Constant.
November 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM
The Associated Press
The Washington State Patrol says the second of twin girls involved in a highway crash on Oct. 31 near Anacortes has died.
The patrol says 17-year-old Janesah Goheen died Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was taken for treatment after a two-car collision on State Highway 20.
Her sister, Janeah Goheen, died at the scene. An 18-year-old friend, Alysha Pickler, was also injured in the crash.
The driver of the other vehicle, Ira Blackstock, is being held in Skagit County Jail.
The Skagit Valley Herald says Blackstock has already been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. Troopers suspect he was impaired.
November 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM
The Associated Press
PORT TOWNSEND — A woman who fell to her death off a Port Townsend bluff lived nearby, and police say it appears to be an accident.
Police say 59-year-old Kristine Kay Deshong was alone when she fell over the edge, and there’s no indication of a crime.
Deputy Police Chief Michael Evans told the Peninsula Daily News the body was found on a slide that occurred Oct. 13, but was not related to the slide onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca beach.
The body was spotted Saturday morning but could not be recovered until Saturday evening after the tide went out.
The cliff below Elmira Street Park is known as “End of the World” bluff.
November 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM
The Associated Press
BELLEVUE — A Washington State Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries when his car was struck on Interstate 405 in Bellevue.
The patrol says the trooper was investigating a crash at the interchange with I-90 Sunday evening when the patrol car was hit by another car. The patrol car was on the shoulder with lights activated.
The trooper was sent home to recover. The other driver and a passenger were not injured.
Possible charges are pending.
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