Fatal crash on I-5 near NE 145th St Monday

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Looking south from NE 145th overpass. Photo by Chris Read
A fatal collision on I-5 near NE 145th around 11am on Monday, July 4, 2022 left one dead, two transported to hospitals and the causing driver charged with DUI, felony hit and run, and vehicular assault.

A Ford pickup driven by 41 year old Daniel Delgado of Shelton, and a Kia driven by 71 year old Christine Farrar of Federal Way, with passenger John T. Farrar of Eatonville, were traveling on northbound I-5 approaching NE 145th St.

Delgado's vehicle was in the HOV lane and Ferrer's vehicle was in lane 2.

Delgado made a sudden swerve to the right, striking Ferrer's vehicle on the driver's side.

The victim's vehicle rolled after hitting the Jersey barrier.
Photo by Chris Read
Both vehicles veered to the left side, striking the Jersey barrier. Ferrer's vehicle rolled over, coming to rest upside down on the right shoulder. The pickup came to rest on the HOV lane.

Delgado was arrested and taken to Northwest Hospital for medical attention. Both Christine Farrar and John T. Farrar were taken to Harborview where John died.

Washington State Patrol has jurisdiction

Causing vehicle remained in HOV lane.
Photo by Chris Read
All northbound lanes of I-5 approaching NE 145th were completely blocked for hours. Unsuspecting drivers caught in the back up were doing whatever they could to get off the freeway, including driving backwards on the shoulder or making U-turns to drive the wrong way down the on-ramp.

State patrol troopers were directing a slow moving four lane merge of vehicles to the one lane off ramp. In the top photo, a Sound Transit bus is apparently trying to turn around to get off the freeway.

Next of kin of the deceased were notified by Harborview. The Washington state patrol released names and similar photos.

--Diane Hettrick

Updated 7-5-2022


Anonymous,  July 5, 2022 at 9:21 AM  

That poor family 😔 both families actually as Delgado’s family will never be the same either.

Just My Opinion July 5, 2022 at 5:00 PM  

We were caught in this mess yesterday - WHY DOESNT SDOT or WSP close the on-ramps to the freeway when there is a major incident? Park a truck across the ramp if they won't install gates. There were people getting on the freeway to join the mess at Northgate!!
And when it turns out the causing driver doesn't have insurance (or enough) maybe we can revisit pay-at-the-pump liability insurance??

Anonymous,  July 6, 2022 at 2:46 AM  

While closing the on-ramps ahead of a freeway closure would be a good idea, WSP does not have the staffing level necessary to do such things, particularly on a holiday weekend. While not as strained as SPD, WSP is staffed well below the number of troopers needed to keep our roads safe.

If you think that this should be a higher priority for Gov. Inslee, feel free to contact him and make your opinion known.

Anonymous,  July 6, 2022 at 7:58 AM  

Course then there's the fact that they didn't do that even when they had full staffing and full funding. It's probably not the governor's fault exactly..

What this makes me think is... why do we continue to sell alcohol... when it kills more people than anything else....by far... yet we still continue to sell it. We don't need it....it's not like we have to drink alcohol to survive... why do we continue to sell it?

Anonymous,  July 8, 2022 at 11:36 AM  

How do you know it was alcohol?

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