ID’s Of Those Killed In Lakewood Hit & Run Released
23-Year Old Driver Booked On Multiple Felonies
March 09, 2018
(PIERCE COUNTY, WA.) – The Washington State Patrol has released the names of two of the three people killed early Thursday morning on Interstate 5 in Lakewood in a brutal collision the WSP says was caused by a hit & run driver.
Killed in the crash were:
~ 30-year old Jaime V. Pelayopelayo of Kelso, Washington, the driver of a1999 Honda CRV sport utility which was totaled in the collision.
~ 44-year old Sherry R. Rodriguez, also of Kelso, a passenger in the Honda CRV.
~ 51-year old male, ID pending, from Longview, Washington, also a passenger in the Honda CRV.
Arrested and booked on multiple felonies as the suspect driver that caused the fatalities was 23-year old Montrell T. Red of Tacoma, Washington the driver of a 2002 Nissan Maxima sedan that was totaled in the crash.
The WSP report says the crash occurred Thursday morning just after 2:00 am Southbound on Interstate 5 in Lakewood, WA at New York Avenue.
The report says the Nissan Maxima was southbound on I-5 in lane one of four at New York Avenue while the Honda was also southbound in lane four at the same location.
The Nissan, for reasons not known, crossed “all lanes” of the freeway, crashing into the Honda and then continued southbound. The Honda, from the impact, then hit the jersey barrier as well as the New York Avenue overpass pillars, rolled “and came to a rest upside down in lanes three and four.”
The engine from the Honda “separated from the vehicle” due the crash impacts and came to rest in the left lane of the northbound I-5.
All lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked for over 5 hours as the crash investigation moved forward.
While state troopers were focusing on the fatalities in the southbound lanes after the crashes, DuPont police came to assist in the northbound lanes and there a DuPont police officer was hit while inside his vehicle by a semi-truck and was taken to local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
An off duty Seattle Police dispatcher was in the area and happened to witness the events and followed the Nissan that the WSP says caused the accident and that driver was eventually apprehended a few miles south of the accident scene. A female passenger in the suspect’s car was not arrested.
The patrol report says the cause of the fatal accident was “driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol” and that the 23-year old driver of the Nissan was charged with DUI, hit & run, vehicular homicide, unlawful possession of controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.