Northwest NEWS

August 3, 1998

Local News

Good samaritan's act leads to pileup

   by Woodinville Weekly staff
   WOODINVILLE--A man who stopped on a state highway to tell police about a drunk driver, induced a four-vehicle pileup that required fire crews cut a couple out of their vehicle last Tuesday afternoon.
   The accident, on State Route 522 east of SR 9, caught the attention of news choppers and caused traffic to backup to at least N.E. 195th St. during the afternoon rush hour.
   According to Lt. Walt Fisch, Washington State Patrol, the vehicles were eastbound on 522 when a 29-year-old Monroe man thought he was behind a possible drunk driver. Fisch said the man, who was driving a 1998 Ford pickup, spotted a police car and stopped in the road to advise the officer.
   The vehicle behind him, described as a red '79 or '80 Oldsmobile or Dodge Colt, came to a halt as well as a '91 Cadillac DeVille.
   But a Freightliner tractor-trailer behind them wasn't able to stop, hitting the Cadillac which pushed into the red car, which struck the pickup.
   Fire crews used rescue tools to cut the top off the Cadillac. The driver, a 63-year-old Fircrest man and his 53-year-old wife, suffered possible back injuries and were transported to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Fisch said, though a hospital spokeswoman said no accident victims had checked in there that night.
   Fisch said the driver of the second vehicle, the Olds' or Dodge, left the scene for an unknown reason. He speculated the driver may have had a suspended license or no insurance.
   Fisch said the accident was under investigation.
   As for the alleged drunk driver, he apparently got away.