1 Dead in Maple Valley Car Crash; Drug Use Suspected

One man died Thursday night in a car accident along State Route 18 near Maple Valley. Washington State Patrol believes illegal drug use is to blame for the crash.

Police say a woman from Auburn admitted to using methamphetamine while driving along Route 18. The crash lead to the death of a 28-year-old man from Seattle and injured two others. Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene and found a black Acura and a white Mazda truck. Both vehicles were wrecked.

The woman responsible for the crash appeared to be impaired to the State Patrol officers who arrived at the scene. She later confessed to methamphetamine use and was taken into custody after being released from the hospital. She was charged with vehicular homicide and assault.

The Auburn woman, driving the black Acura, was reported to have been driving eastbound along State Route 18 when she suddenly steered across into the westbound lanes, colliding with the white pickup truck. The deceased Seattle man is reported to have been a passenger in the Acura.

The two injured passengers of the white pickup truck, a 27-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, were transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Washington State Patrol is seeking any witnesses with information about the crash. Anyone with information should contact (425) 401-7719 to speak with Detective Ruth Medeiros or send an email to [email protected]

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