Lynnwood man arrested following crash that killed Washington State Patrol trooper

Trooper Christopher Gadd.

A 32-year-old Lynnwood man was arrested Saturday and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for vehicular homicide following a fatal crash in Marysville that resulted in the death of a Washington State Patrol trooper.

Detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Collision Investigation Unit (CIU) are investigating the crash, which occurred just before 3 a.m. According to sheriff’s office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe, north county deputies responded to a serious collision on I-5 southbound at 136th Street Northeast. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper had been struck by a vehicle and died at the scene.

The state patrol identified the trooper as 27-year-old Christopher M. Gadd, who served two-and-a-half years with the WSP. He is the 33rd member of the WSP to die in the line of duty in the agency’s 103 years, the state patrol said in a news release. 

Gadd is survived by his wife, Cammryn, daughter Kaelyn, father WSP Trooper David Gadd, mother Gillian and sister Jacqueline, who currently serves as a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“Chris’s passing is a devastating loss to his family – a family who knows all too well the risks of public service but still has offered that service with unquestioned valor and now, unfathomable sacrifice,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “I can tell you that across the entire Washington State Patrol, every head is bowed, every knee is bent, and every heart is broken as we mourn this loss. To honor Chris, even in sorrow, we will go on. We will continue to serve. Because he did, we must.” 

During the investigation, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives determined the suspect vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on I-5 south, veered off the roadway and struck the rear end of the trooper’s vehicle, which was parked on the right shoulder.

After the initial collision, the suspect vehicle became disabled and a van traveling southbound collided with it, O’Keefe said. The driver of the van was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The five passengers in the van were not injured.

The suspect remained at the scene and was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center for an evaluation following the collision. A blood search warrant for the suspect was approved and administered.

Southbound I-5 from 136th to 116th Streets was closed for several hours Saturday while CIU detectives investigated the collision.

Official cause and manner of death will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

  1. So sad the innocent one died and such a tremendous loss for all, and a second innocent person injured. Should have been the moronic driver that caused it, That would have served a purpose, one less idiot, dangerous driver off the road. We have more than our share of them any more. So senseless!

  2. What a terrible loss of life. The suspect will get off easily with some technicality and will go on driving drunk, etc. killing and affecting many more lives.

  3. Dreams and lives shattered by one individual who I will presume had been drinking. Consuming alcohol, and deciding to drive is a purely selfish criminal act.
    Trooper Gadd was taken from his family by a drunk driver he was out patrolling to stop and prevent from killing others.
    The irony of it sickens me.
    I can’t imagine the pain and sadness his family and the WSP are having to endure because of alcohol or drugs and an unforgivable decision that was very preventable.
    My thanks and respect to all who serve and risk their lives in the line of duty for us.

  4. My sincerest condolences to the Gaddy Family and Trooper Gaddy’s colleagues at the WSP. I was headed down I-5 yesterday morning around 9:30 from North Lynnwood to Kirkland and around 30 police cars and motorcycle officers were headed northbound with lights flashing and sirens blaring. When I got to Kirkland and looked online to see what happened, my heart sank.
    As someone who lost their sibling to alcohol related complications, if you have an alcohol problem please reach out for help. There are over a 1000 meetings a week in the greater Seattle/ Tacoma area. Don’t drink and drive. There’s no excuse for it. Because the person drinking and driving is never the one who ends up hurt or passed away. At the very minimum call a Lyft or Uber.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Real first and last names — as well as city of residence — are required for all commenters.
This is so we can verify your identity before approving your comment.

By commenting here you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct. Please read our code at the bottom of this page before commenting.