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John Urquhart


6 boys injured when car veers off road into them

Summary

(Maple Valley) Six boys were injured this morning when a truck veered into them as they waited at a school bus stop. The driver of the truck is believed to have suffered from a medical issue prior to hitting the boys.(C16018739)

Story

Six middle school boys were injured this morning when a truck veered into them as they waited at a school bus stop.  The driver of the truck is believed to have suffered from a medical issue prior to hitting the boys.

The accident happened just before 8:00am near SE271 St and 218 Ave SE in Maple Valley.   The boys were standing on the east side of the road in front of a house at a designated school bus stop.  The truck, driven by a 19 year old man, was southbound on 218 Ave SE when the driver veered across the road and struck the group of boys.

The truck continued southbound for a few feet and struck a tree.  The driver was found unconscious behind the wheel with his foot still on the gas.  During the investigation investigators learned that the man's drivers license was suspended for medical certification restrictions.   The driver was taken to Covington Multi Care for treatment and then  booked into the King County Jail for multiple counts of Investigation of Vehicular Assault.

It is unknown at this time how many of the boys were actually struck by the truck and how many were injured trying to get out of the way of the vehicle.   One boy was taken to Harborview with serious injuries to his chest and another was taken to Valley Medical Center with a broken leg.  The other boys’ injuries ranged from a possible broken ankle, to cuts and bruises.

The boys attend Cedar River Middle School.  The school was notified of the accident and is making contact with the boys' parents.

Alcohol is not suspected in the accident but a blood draw was done to determine if any drugs were involved. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review and the filing of charges.  The man’s name will not be released until he is charged.