Police searching for 2 hit-and-run drivers who struck Seattle girl

Woman facing possible charges after allegedly plowing through home killing family member, injuring others

sammamish4SAMMAMISH – She plowed into her home killing one, and injuring two other family members. Authorities say the 68 year-old Sammamish woman’s grandson was in the car when it almost plunged into Lake Sammamish.

Luckily the 3 year-old boy was not hurt. But his parents are in critical condition at Harborview Medical as of Saturday night.

The driver’s 70 year-old husband or partner who was inside the home was killed in Friday’s crash. Now the Sammamish woman is in jail under investigation for one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.

The shock hasn’t worn off for neighbors still asking how it could have happened.

“They should immediately investigate the vehicle and see if there was some type of malfunction,” said one neighbor.

The Jeep will be inspected for any mechanical problems but for now the driver is in jail under investigation. Detectives say there were signs of impairment and a toxicology report has been ordered.

The driver’s daughter and son-in-law were also inside the home when they were hit.

Harborview Medical says the couple will most likely remain in critical condition for the next 24 hours.

I hope they pull through I hope they find what caused this accident in the first place,” said one of their neighbors.

A man who witnessed the aftermath says the Sammamish woman was re parking the SUV when she lost control with her grandson inside. It plowed into the front of the house and possibly through the living room before it hit the deck then the dock.

“She had her grandson on her lap and was re-parking her car she put it into gear and she took off, it’s a brand new Jeep it took of right through the house,” neighbor Dr. Kevin Connolly said.

A woman who spoke with the driver right after the crash says the woman was in shock and didn’t know why the Jeep accelerated.

Some believe it was a freak accident and they are hoping the driver will not be charged if the toxicology report returns clean.

The King County Sherriff’s Office says detectives will reconstruct the accident scene to determine how fast the driver was going and why she plowed through her home without stopping.

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4 comments

  • cwl

    So is the bus driver that killed two last week in jail? She caused this by having the kid in her lap while driving. just like you idiots with your dog in your lap!!

  • Mike Litoris

    Let me take a REALLY wild guess and say that the tool probably was mashing on the wrong pedal. Vehicles don't accelerate wildly when you're stomping on the brake!

  • Parris Boyd

    Who wouldn't – as another news report phrased it – show "signs of impairment" after being involved in such a horrific crash? I hope investigators are equally interested in taking a close look at the issue of electronically-induced unintended acceleration. There's evidence galore of electronic defects in Toyota's throttle control, and insofar as the present tragedy is concerned, Jeep has been notorious for unintended acceleration events at car-washes. Also, NHTSA lists at least four complaints of unintended acceleration problems in 2014 Jeeps, two of which are associated with transmission concerns (a witness in the present case said the driver seemed to be having problems with the shift lever when the Jeep took off). There are far more unintended acceleration events that raise questions of electronic defects than most folks realize. Such events often start at extremely low speeds while people are trying to park. Toyota – the most frequent brand involved – is being allowed to ignore evidence of electronic defects associated with unintended accleration, and I've been blogging about the issue. Search "Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU…"

  • Daniel

    A nearly 70 year old woman with a kid in her lap. That just about explains it all. But we have been here before, haven't we? She just confused the break and the other pedal. It's unfortunate that anybody can get a license to drive a car. However, common sense is a little trickier to obtain.

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