Washington State Patrol troopers and Monroe Police Department officers were on the scene of a fatal one-car accident on Nov. 12. The crash took place at 11:24 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Sofie Road. One passenger was confirmed dead at the scene while four other juvenile passengers were taken to area hospitals.
A WSP trooper reported that the initial investigation found evidence that the 18-year-old driver was traveling faster than 100 miles per hour when he crashed his vehicle. The teen driver was taken to Snohomish County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana under the age of 21, vehicular assault and vehicular homicide. As of press time, authorities were continuing their investigation of the accident.
Some or all of the vehicle occupants were students at Sultan High School. Following the accident, the Sultan School District issued a statement explaining that school officials were aware of the accident and that grief counselors would be available at the school. The driver was scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 13 and to attend another court appearance on Nov. 16.
A passenger who was injured in a one-car accident can file a personal injury claim against the driver. Car crash victims often pursue claims for monetary compensation for the financial losses they have incurred after the accident. If a car accident victim was severely injured or permanently disabled, a lawyer may help pursue compensation for long-term medical and rehabilitation expenses.
Source: The Monroe Monitor, Passenger dies in high-speed crash on U.S. 2; Driver arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide," Chris Hendrickson, Nov. 13, 2015