tThe Washington State Patrol reported that a 47-year old Snoqualmie man was hit and killed on westbound I-90 late Tuesday night, June 20, 2017 – about one mile west of the SR 18 interchange – after he responded help his girlfriend, whose car was disabled.
According to WSP Trooper Rick Johnson, the deceased man, later identified as Robert W. Thompson, was working to attach a tow robe/chair to the woman’s car around 11:20PM when a black Nissan pickup truck, driven by a suspected intoxicated 42-year old man, veered onto the shoulder, side-swiping the disabled car and striking Thompson.
The truck continued on, leaving the scene, and then lost control – ending up in the ditch on the right side of the freeway. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspected drunk driver was uninjured.
The Issaquah woman was also injured in the collision. She was transported to Overlake Medical Center. Her 11-year old daughter was not injured, but was transported to the hospital as a precaution.
The driver of the pickup truck was booked into King County Jail. According to a WSP incident report, he is facing vehicular homicide charges.
Two lanes of westbound I-90 were closed overnight while WSP Troopers investigated.