Federal Way Man Killed, Covington Woman Badly Injured In Head-On Crash In King County
December 14, 2017
One of the cars involved in the fatal head-on crash. Larger images below
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(KING COUNTY, WA.) -- The Washington State Patrol says one man was killed and a woman was badly injured in a grinding head-on crash on State Route 18 in King County Wednesday afternoon.
The accident occurred about 4:30 pm in the westbound lanes of SR18 at Raging River, between Interstate 90 and the summit of Tiger Mountain.
The patrol report says a blue 2008 Ford Focus was eastbound in lane one of SR 18 and a 2015 Jeep Cherokee was westbound in lane one when the Ford reportedly hit some debris on the highway, possibly a heavy metal "driveline" to a vehicle that is normally found underneath a car or truck.
Upon impact with the debris/driveline, the Ford's driver lost control and the vehicle crossed the double yellow line into the westbound lanes where it was run into head-on by the Jeep.
Both vehicles were totaled. It was not immediately known how the driveline came to be on the highway. According to one broadcast TV report, the state patrol said there were no "disabled cars in the area."
Killed was the driver of the Ford identified as 57-year old Kyung H. Cho of Federal Way, Washington.
Badly injured and taken to Overlake Hospital was the driver of the Jeep identified as Brenda S. Hoyt, 55, of Covington, Washington.
The patrol report says both drivers were wearing seat belts upon impact and it was unknown if drugs and/or alcohol were factors in the collision.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. The roadway was closed for almost 5 hours as the state patrol conducted its investigation.