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Road rage contributed to fatal 3-car crash on I-5, WSP says

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SEATTLE — Road rage may have contributed to a crash that killed a 23-year-old woman from Centralia and injured three other people late Wednesday night on southbound Interstate 5, the Washington State Patrol said.

Around 10:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man driving a black 2010 Chevrolet HHR south on Interstate 5 near Boeing Field suddenly slowed his car, and was hit by a 2004 Dodge Neon. The 21-year-old driver of Dodge Neon stopped in the roadway and was hit by a 34-year-old man driving a 2006 Infiniti G35, Washington State Patrol said.

A 23-year-old passenger in the Neon, Andrea Dickey, was killed in the crash.

Three other people were hurt, and at least two people had to be extricated from the vehicles involved in the crash. Those injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The Washington State Patrol tweeted just before midnight that a possible DUI may have led to the collision. Following an investigation, troopers said road rage contributed to the crash, as well.

Charges of DUI and vehicular homicide are pending, officials said.

Interstate 5 near Boeing Field was blocked for more than four hours following the crash.

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11 comments

    • Matt

      Too bad in this situation the immature 21 year old behavior was brought on by an immature 30 year old. There are so many other scenarios that could have played out with no fatalities, and by making this decision they will now pay the price.

  • james

    Sounds like another case just like the same thing you see everyday a car riding someone’s tailpipe. When forced to react they can’t. ..or don’t have any options. Not sad, teach your kids and friends to not drive like morons if your in the left lane and not passing move over. If you can read the expiration on the plates back the f off or you can slam on your brakes and get hit by someone else doing the same thing you are.

  • dg54321

    Why I just slow down gradually when someone is tailing me to encourage them to go around. They usually get the message or just get frustrated enough that they take the extreme position of changing lanes.

      • Shayleen

        Its called being smart, If someone is tailgating you and you have to slam on your breaks in an emergency, they would crush the shit out of your car, letting off the accelerator and encouraging them to go around you in the fast lane is called being safe. I do this a lot because of my kids in the car, or if I’m not on the freeway i try to find a spot to pull off to let the asshole pass that is in a hurry to get somewhere 30 seconds ahead of me. (just so i can catch up with them at the next stoplight. I used to be in a hurry everywhere I went and one person asked me. “what in that 5 minutes of time are you going to miss, what is so important that you are driving fast and risking your life and others lives? my answer was nothing worth risking my life.

        • dg54321

          Well said. Of course, the “keep right except to pass” rule still applies, which nobody seems to follow. But I’ll be in the far right lane, or passing someone on my right, and still have some idiot like “Eric” tail me continuously when they could just pass on the left easily. So I do slow down just to encourage them to get away from me before they cause an accident. Because changing lanes when you want to speed recklessly is such a hard concept.

      • Cindy Russell

        Eric, what does the term “speed LIMIT” mean? It means you’re not supposed to go over that posted speed. So when someone’s in the fast lane going the speed limit, they should be okay to be going that speed. Most will get over WHEN IT’S SAFE for them to do so. Quit being in such a freakin hurry. Someone who loves you might appreciate it you arriving safely.

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