A man is in custody after his car jumped the I-5 median and hit four cars in the southbound lanes, Washington State Patrol says. Two people died in the pile-up, while a third was seriously injured.

Fatal I-5 Multiple Car Accident Ends in Vehicular Homicide Charge


Posted on Nov 17, 2008

According to the Seattle Times, a Puyallup, Wash., man is being held in custody by the Washington State Patrol under suspicion of vehicular homicide. The man, who has yet to be named, caused a five-car pile-up on Interstate 5 on Friday, October 30, during the 6 p.m. rush hour.

The man allegedly ran over the I-5 median in Federal Way near the 320th St. exit and plowed into four cars in the southbound lanes. The multiple car collision killed one man and one woman, while a third man was rushed to Harborview Medical Center by paramedics with serious injuries. Several drivers present near the time of the accident stopped to assist the injured and to direct traffic while waiting for emergency vehicles, first responders, and police to arrive. At least one car flipped over during the accident and two victims had to be removed from their cars using the Jaws of Life.

The crash gridlocked I-5 in Federal Way, Wash., for the remainder of Thursday evening, according to King5.com local news reports. With the exception of the HOV lane, all southbound traffic was stopped beginning at the South 288 St. exit. The crash site took roughly five hours to clean up and for investigators to collect any needed evidence for a possible vehicular homicide trail.

While police have yet to identify the man who was killed in the accident, police spokesperson Washington State Patrol Trooper Curt Boyle told reporters that the woman killed in the crash was a 61-year-old Seattle resident, while her 66-year-old male passenger, also from Seattle, was the person rushed to Harborview with serious injuries.

The driver of the car who jumped the median may have had drugs and alcohol in his system.

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