Northwest NEWS

May 1, 2000

Local News

Police seek collision witness

   On Saturday, April 22, at approximately 5:14 p.m., an 18-year-old Snohomish man was critically injured in a one-car collision on the Bothell-Everett Highway at the intersection of 214th Street SE.

   The car he was driving, a maroon 1988 Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon, struck a traffic island and slammed head-on into a traffic light pole. The driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and has been upgraded to stable condition.

   Investigators are seeking help from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the driver's actions before the collision. Investigators are also looking for the driver of a newer sport utility vehicle, possibly a white Ford Explorer, that was observed driving through the intersection at the time of the collision. It is believed the driver of the white SUV may have witnessed the accident and could offer information that would assist investigators.

   Based on witness accounts, the Chevrolet station wagon was observed traveling northbound in the far right lane, which is a marked right-turn-only lane, as it approached the intersection of 214th Street SE. The station wagon continued traveling northbound at an estimated speed of about 50 to 60mph. The posted speed limit was 45mph. The vehicle drove up onto the traffic island and collided with the traffic light pole.

   Witnesses said the station wagon did not appear to slow down prior to the collision. It is not known if alcohol or drugs was a contributing factor in this collision.

   The collision is currently being investigated and witnesses are urged to call Bothell Police at (425) 486-1254.