19-year-old could be facing charges of vehicular homicide after Oct. 1 collision in Lynnwood

The location of the crash scene.

A 19-year-old Lynnwood man could be facing charges of vehicular manslaughter and impaired driving following an Oct. 1 collision that killed a 74-year-old Seattle woman.

According to Lynnwood police spokesperson Maren McKay, the crash occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday. The woman, Elena C. Mroczek, was attempting a left turn out of the Costco Business Center Parking lot in the 19100 block of Highway 99 when she was struck by the 19-year-old, who was driving southbound.

Mroczek was pronounced dead at the scene. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded her cause of death was blunt force injuries.

A toxicology report is out for analysis and the investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing, McKay said.

–By Jasmine Contreras-Lewis

  1. I am so very sorry for Ms Mroczek’s unfortunate death. But, are we allowing left turns exiting Costco? If so, when did that change? For years left turns out of Costco and across all the lanes of State Hwy 99, was prohibited by ordinance. Simply extending the center barricade that was installed at the north end of Costco, near the gas station, could have saved a life and how many more. It would have been as simple as extending that barricade to the VFW. Come on Lynnwood. Don’t let Ms Mroczek’s life go for not. Save the life of the next person and make left turns out of Costco IMPOSSIBLE!

    1. Elena was my girlfriend for 37 yrs.
      We lived together since Sept 4th, 1987.
      I loved her very much.
      She was the love of my life.
      Thank you for your comment.
      Erik J.

  2. Vehicles are WEAPONS and speed kills hard. This is murder by vehicle not an accident. A long, hard prison sentence for the 19 yo speed demon.

    1. The nineteen year old male was released without bond three hours later.
      We were warned by the lynnwood police department to make no contact.
      We haven’t heard anything from the 19 yr old male, his family, or Lynnwood police department.
      Elena is now ashes in an urn on my bedroom dresser.
      She’s sitting in an urn next to my mother’s urn.
      When I pass away we will all walk into the afterlife together.
      Thank you for your lovely comments. Erik J.

  3. I’ve been to that Costco on numerous occasions and ideally would prefer to turn left out of the lot because I live south of there, but it’s much safer to turn right and then go east or west on 188th, then south on a quieter street. It’s extremely dangerous trying to judge distance sometimes. I don’t know all the details–did she go into the center lane first or just out into the south bound lane with vehicle’s approaching. This is why I can understand a long investigation since the car that hit her had the right of way. Still I’m very sorry she had to die such a tragic death. May she rest in peace.

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