Crashes on Interstate 5 in Tukwila and SeaTac claim three lives


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A 59-year-old Seattle man was suspected of vehicular homicide in a crash on Interstate 5 that killed two people in one of two fatal crashes reported overnight on the freeway, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A fatal crash was reported Friday at 10:47 p.m. on I-5 northbound near Interstate 405 in Tukwila.

A 2004 Honda Pilot was southbound on Southcenter Boulevard when, for unknown reasons, the driver lost control and rolled across all lanes of traffic, coming to rest on the driver’s side in the HOV lane, WSP said.

A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by the suspect crashed into the roof of the Pilot. Both passengers in the Pilot — a 24-year-old Tacoma man and a 35-year-old Federal Way man — died at the scene, and the suspect was injured and taken to a local hospital, according to WSP.

Drugs or alcohol are believed to be a factor in the crash, according to WSP.

The second fatal crash was reported at 2:17 a.m. Saturday when a 2016 Toyota Camry traveling southbound on I-5 “made an emergency maneuver” to avoid hitting a 2005 Kia — model unknown — that blocked the northbound lane of 216th Street in SeaTac, WSP reported.

But the Camry struck the back of the Kia, killing the Kia’s passenger, a 23-year-old Sequim man, WSP reported. The driver of the Camry, a 49-year-old Federal Way man, was injured but was not taken to the hospital, according to WSP.

Drugs or alcohol were not suspected factors in this crash, according to WSP.

This story was originally published September 10, 2022 at 1:02 p.m.

Shea Johnson joined The News Tribune in 2022. He previously covered city and county governments in Las Vegas and Southern California. His work has been recognized by the National Headliner Awards and several times by the California News Publishers Association, including as an investigative journalism finalist. He earned his bachelor’s degree from California State San Bernardino.

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