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Everett car chase

Two people were in the hospital May 13 after a car chase ended in a crash that ruptured an Everett gas line.

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05/15/13

Victim in high-speed chase crash dies at hospital

chaseEVERETT — A woman who suffered traumatic head injuries after a stolen pickup slammed into her car Sunday night in Everett died, the Everett Herald reported.

Rachel Kamin, 40, died sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon at Harborview Medical Center.

A registered nurse, Kamin was on the way to work at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett when a Ford F350 slammed into her car in the 1500 block of 164th Street SE. Kamin’s car rolled onto its side and crashed into a natural gas pipeline.

Police were chasing Joseph D. Strange at a high speed when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle. Strange has a history of stealing cars and trying to elude police. He was arrested after the crash and is in the Snohomish County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. Strange may now first-degree murder charges, police said.

According to the Herald, Kamin was clinging to life since the accident.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Everett Police Department tip line at (425) 257-3446.

BOTHELL — A suspect in a high-speed chase with Bothell police is in custody, but not before the stolen pickup truck he was driving slammed into a car during his attempt to flee, critically injuring the female driver at an Everett intersection.

crash1The pickup flipped over and the car got shoved onto its side. The car only came to a stop after hitting a gas line. A 40-year-old Mukilteo woman was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The woman was still in critical condition as of Monday night.

The chaos all started at around 11:20 p.m. Sunday when Bothell police spotted a stolen pickup truck on 17th Ave SE. The sirens went off but police say 33-year-old Joseph Strange didn’t stop.  A high speed pursuit followed for miles until Bothell police called it off at the intersection of I-405 and I-5.

“You are to call off the pursuit if public safety is in danger,” said defense attorney Tony Shapiro.

Police departments and Washington State Patrol all have different rules when it comes to chases.

“The common theme is you should not pursue unless it is a serious violent felony,” said Shapiro.

After calling off the pursuit the officers exited Northbound I-5 at 164th St SE. There they observed the same pickup truck at a business parking. Police say the suspect rammed into another car. When cops cornered the man he backed up into a cruiser and took off on 1-5 again.

“Obviously if it escalated into a serious violent situation they are entitled much more latitude to pursue,” said Shapiro.

The high-speed chase continued onto SE Everett Mall Way then to Evergreen Way. The suspect ran several red lights, crashing into the woman.

“I feel for them, their family that she was at the wrong place at the wrong time,”said Rebecca Wirtel.

Wirtel speaks from experience. In 2011, her 9-year-old daughter was struck on a downtown Seattle sidewalk by a car that was involved in a police chase.

“It’s terrifying it is definitely the worst day of our lives”said Wirtel

Rebecca’s daughter is still in physical pain after more than nine surgeries.

Wirtel does not blame the Seattle police for what happened but says it’s important that all departments have restrictive rules for chases.  As for Monday’s case Shapiro says it is too early to tell if Bothell police made the right decision to chase the driver in the first place.

“You are going to drill down what the audio tape says, when in fact they called the police pursuit off, how long they had called it off for,” said Shapiro.

Bothell police say they are investigating to see if their officers followed the rules.

everettEVERETT – Two people were in the hospital Monday morning after a car chase ended in a crash that ruptured an Everett gas line.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, the Bothell Police Department attempted to stop a stolen pickup truck.The driver of the truck didn’t stop, police said, and entered a business parking lot in the 1500 block of 164th St. SE where it hit another vehicle as well as a police car.

The pickup then took off northbound on I-5, exited at SE Everett Mall Way and continued onto Evergreen Way. At Pacific Ave., the truck collided with another car. The truck flipped upside down and slid onto a sidewalk. The car slid onto its side as well, and the crash pushed the car into a natural gas line, rupturing it.

A 40-year old Mukilteo woman in the hit car was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 33-year old Seattle man, was taken to Providence Medical Center for a medical evaluation. A variety of charges are pending against the driver, police said.

Puget Sound Energy responded to fix the damaged natural gas lines.

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