Victim of Kent car crash identified as 2010 Edmonds-Woodway graduate Charissa Judkins

Charissa Judkins, from her Facebook page.
Charissa Judkins, from her Facebook page.


Updated with information on a fund that has been started for funeral expenses.

Kent police confirmed Monday morning that the 21-year-old Edmonds woman who died in an early Sunday morning car crash was Charissa Judkins.

Friends of the 2010 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate were mourning her death on Facebook and Twitter Sunday afternoon and evening, but My Edmonds News didn’t receive official confirmation until Monday. She is the daughter of Mike and Darlene Judkins of Edmonds.

Judkins was riding in the passenger seat of her own car, driven by a 21-year-old Covington man, when the car struck a telephone pole  in the 24800 block of 148th Avenue SE in Kent, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Sunday.

The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was reported in critical condition Sunday. There was no immediate word on his condition Monday.

According to the Seattle Times, Kent police said that Judkins died before police and firefighters arrived at the one-car accident. The police report said the driver lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the roadway to the opposite shoulder before it hit the telephone pole at the front passenger door. The police preliminary investigation indicated speed and possible driver impairment were contributing factors.

Friends have started a fundraising effort to help cover funeral expenses. You can donate here.

  1. My son went all the way through school from elementary on up with Charissa and we live right down the street from where she lived. What a huge loss. Charissa’s smile just lit up the world.. She was a wonderful, free spirit that will be missed..
    Rest in Peace Dear One.

  2. She was my sons daycare teacher. She was a great influence in a lot of young lives. She will be greatly missed.

  3. Does anyone know if Charissa is the daughter of a Mike Judkins that would have graduated from Woodway High School in 1975?

  4. Charissa was my daughter’s daycare teacher, and I can’t even tell you how much my daughter and her friends loved Charissa. She was always making artwork to show Charissa how much she loved her. She will be so deeply missed by us. Our hearts are breaking right now, and our deepest condolences go out to her family.

  5. Charissa was my daughters daycare teacher and was the biggest ball of light! A truly special girl who my daughter loved and will miss as well as me. We are praying for her family a lot right now and continue to do so. Rest in heavenly peace Angel!

  6. Charissa, the kids miss you soooo much. Going to work each day now is not the same. There is a quiet about the place and its just not normal. You will forever be Loved and missed by all. Until we meet again someday. Love always Dede

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