WSP investigating two collisions involving three fatalities in one night

Monday, September 18, 2023

A double fatality in Bothell caused by a wrong way driver
Graphic courtesy WSP

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is investigating two collisions that occurred in King County on Saturday, September 16, 2023 involving three individuals that lost their lives.

The first collision occurred EB SR 516 near Meeker St. in Kent, Washington at approximately 9:05pm. 

Kent: A vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and went to pass another vehicle when it went out of control and slid sideways into a ditch. The vehicle flipped, struck a metal pole and ended up coming to rest on its top. Sadly, the 20 year old male driver who was the sole occupant was ejected and did not survive. This collision is still under investigation at this time.

Bothell: The second collision occurred around 2:05am SB I-405 north of 160th in Bothell. 

A 48 year old female was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-405 when she struck another vehicle that was traveling in the correct direction, driver by a 32 year old Bellevue resident.

Unfortunately neither driver survived. A passenger in the vehicle traveling in the correct direction survived and was transported to the hospital. This collision is also still under investigation.

WSP District 2 public information officer Rick Johnson has a message for the public:

These are both very tragic events as any loss of life is one too many. These two collisions are still under investigation to determine if any type of impairment was involved. 
The Washington State Patrol wants to stress the fact that speed and impairment are contributing factors in many collisions and pleads with drivers to make safe and good decisions before getting behind the wheel.

The roadway was blocked for over five hours.


Anonymous,  September 18, 2023 at 6:21 PM  

This traveling beyond the speed limit is very common place heading west bound on State route 167 from Snoqualmie via I-90 to a highway that is under new road construction. There are drivers that ignore the speed limit as you are driving west bound to Federal Way. The sunlight impairs vision in certain spots along this highway. The truckers are pretty good about how they drive through there but automobile drivers are not as courteous.

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