The Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team (SMART) is investigating a fatal collision on Highway 2 near Index that seriously injured an 86-year-old Edmonds man Monday night. According to SMART team spokesman Aaron Snell, the collision occured after a Skykomish man fled a traffic stop and crashed into oncoming traffic. In addition to the Edmonds man, who was in the vehicle that was hit head-on, two Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies sustained injuries during the incident.
The incident began when Snohomish County deputies stopped a vehicle after a driver was suspected of driving under the influence. At some point during the contact, the driver drove away from deputies at a high rate of speed eastbound on Highway 2. Deputies pursued the vehicle, and around mile post 34 the suspect collided head-on with a westbound vehicle. The deputies, pursing in two different vehicles, then collided with the suspect vehicle.
The suspect, a 55 year-old Skykomish man, died at the scene.
The Edmonds man in the oncoming vehicle had to be extracted and was transported to a local hospital for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries, Snell said. Both deputies were also transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained during the collision. The deputies are veterans of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. At this time, it is unknown if either will be placed on administrative leave.
SMART is a team of investigators from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies who respond to and investigate use-of-force incidents in the county.
Detectives want to talk with anyone who observed any portion of this incident. Specifically, detectives are looking to contact possible witnesses in a white passenger car who were passed by the suspect while driving eastbound on Highway 2. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Witman and leave a message at 360-654-1143.