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POLICE SEEK DRIVER THAT SPARKED CRASH ON HIGHWAY 2
December 27, 2011
(MONROE, WA) -- The state patrol and Monroe Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that sparked a 2 car crash Christmas day in Monroe that caused a traffic back up on Highway 2 through the heart of the city.
US Highway 2 in Monroe. Chronicle photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The collision happened about 6:50 pm on Highway 2 at Lewis Street in Monroe.
State Patrol officer Alex Keltz, driving a 2008 Ford Expedition was headed westbound on Highway 2 in the left turn lane at Lewis Street preparing to stop a traffic violator that was in front of his SUV, according to a report by the patrol’s Marysville office.
However the driver of the vehicle being pulled over ran the red light, instead of pulling to the side of the road and then turned southbound on Lewis Street with the state patrol SUV in pursuit.
Another vehicle, a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country driven by a Sultan man was headed eastbound on Highway 2 at Lewis Street and it collided with the pursuing Ford Expedition.
The driver of the Chrysler, identified as Francis J. Day, 34, of Sultan was not injured nor was his passenger Rebecca J. Turner, 42, of Monroe.
The Chrysler sustained an estimated $3,500 damage and the SUV sustained an estimated $5,000 damage.
The state patrol officer driving the SUV, Alex Keltz was not injured.
The driver of the vehicle that ran the red light and inadvertently sparked the collision got away after the crash of the SUV and Chrysler. Police and the sate patrol were seeking that driver.
Tags: Monroe, auto accident, Highway 2, state patrol pursuit