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King County Sheriff
John Urquhart

Checking phone while driving; 1 dead, 2 hospitalized


Fatal collision Monday night near Kent believed to be result of driver looking down at his phone and drifting in to oncoming traffic.


King County Sheriff’s Office investigators suspect distracted driving is responsible for a fatal collision last night in unincorporated Kent.  It is believed the driver looked down at his phone as his vehicle drifted in to oncoming traffic.


We at the Sheriff’s Office urge drivers to minimize distractions while driving, as this sad incident reminds us of the potential cost.  No text message, phone call, or social media update is worth the damage done by taking your eyes off the road.


The head on collision occurred just before 8 pm on 148 Ave SE near Lake Youngs when a Ford sedan crossed the center line and collided with a Honda Civic coming the opposite direction.  The three occupants of the Honda were all seriously injured; the adult female driver died on scene, two passengers were transported to Harborview Medical Center.  The driver of the Ford, who investigators believe took his eyes off the road to look down at his phone, had no reported injury.


King County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Response and Reconstruction Detectives are investigating.  No arrest has been made at this time.