Woman who drove Jeep off Ferry Terminal and died in water, identified
January 26, 2018
(ANACORTES, WA.) -- The state patrol has identified a woman who died after she drove her Jeep off a state ferry terminal yesterday morning and into the water in Anacortes.
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The driver of the white Jeep Grand Cherokee has been identified as 30-year old Nicole K. Barney of Everett, Washington.
The state patrol report says the incident happened about 9:45 am Thursday morning at the Anacortes Ferry Dock at 2100 Ferry Terminal Road.
The state patrol incident report says Ms. Barney, the sole occupant of the jeep, was parked in the Anacortes ferry holding lanes the, for reasons unknown, pulled out and drove around those lanes, drove down to the loading ramp and right through the crossing arm sending the Jeep sailing out into the frigid water.
The patrol report says she was wearing her seat belt and it was not known if drugs and/or alcohol played a part in the incident, which remains under investigation.
The incident brought ferry service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands to a stop for several hours. As of late Thursday police did not know if the woman drove her car into the water on purpose or if she was having some type of medical emergency or suffering from mental confusion for some reason.