By Monday, August 10th, Washington State Patrol Detectives stated they believe distracted driving may have contributed to the horrible collision.
Washington State Patrol closed the left two lanes of eastbound I-90 at the scene for approximately 2 1/2 hours as it investigated the accident that occurred when an SUV drifted onto the left shoulder and struck a disabled car and occupant who was standing outside the vechile.
According to troopers, a witness reported observing the driver of a 2002 Toyota Highlander traveling over the 70 mph speed limit zone and driving outside of the vehicle’s lane of travel as it continued eastbound near SR 18. At least one witness also reported that the causing driver had a “phone to his ear” when the collision occurred.
The Toyota Highlander veered off the road, striking a 2008 Honda Civic which was stopped on the left shoulder of I-90. A 29-year old female, who was standing outside of the vehicle, was also struck and suffered critical injuries. A 30-year old male, who was sitting inside of the parked Honda, died at Harborview Medical Center.
According to a WSP press release, the driver of the Toyota Highlander, a 20-year old male from Medina, was not injured and was arrested for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault under the prong of driving with disregard for the safety of others.
Traffic was backed up for about 5-miles at one point Saturday afternoon, most extensively on SR 18 over Tiger Mountain and all the way to Issaquah-Hobart Road. Most alternate routes through Preston, Snoqualmie and Issaquah were also congested as drivers sought alternate roadways to avoid the area.