Suspected shoplifter fleeing police dies in head-on crash, 3 others seriously injured

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(Photo: King County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: King County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: King County Sheriff’s Office)

BLACK DIAMOND, Wash. — A suspected shoplifter fleeing a sheriff’s deputy crashed head-on into a pickup truck near Black Diamond Monday night, resulting in the suspect’s death and serious injuries to two passengers in his car and a passenger in the pickup, the sheriff’s office said.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began about 6 p.m., when there was a theft from a store in Covington and the suspect’s vehicle description was broadcast over the police scanner. A deputy spotted the vehicle and tried to stop the car, but the driver refused to stop and fled.

After a brief pursuit, the deputy lost track of the suspect's car, but when the deputy rounded a corner, she saw the fleeing vehicle had collided head-on with a pickup truck in the 32800 block of SE Auburn Black Diamond Road, the sheriff's office said.

The driver of the car died at the scene, the sheriff's office said. Two passengers in the suspect's car and a passenger in the pickup were both seriously injured and transported to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

"A pretty minimal crime," King County sheriff's detective Jason Stanley said, and that led to one death and three serious injuries.  "It's a terribly tragic incident."

The plates on the suspect's car were stolen, the sheriff's office said.


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  • Susan

    I am glad the suspect is dead. One less criminal vermin in our society…..Darwin scores again. Of course, we now get to listen to idiots chime in about how the deceased was “such a nice guy and he didn’t deserve this” and how the police (not the criminal who chose to flee) are to blame.

    • vikki

      Actually dummy it isn’t good that the person driving died . It was a female who happens to b a mother to two boys and wasn’t the one stealing at the store the two people in her car were , she made a very poor choice and it cost her , her life but you don’t know all the details just what the news tells you . She was a daughter and mother . Shame on you !!!

    • angelique

      First of all it was a female… and mind your own business and keep your comments to yourself no one gives a shit what u think…

  • ElizabethMay

    This happened on the road I live on.. How terrifying. At least the innocent bystander wasn’t killed. Natural selection working its magic. Karma kills..

  • Slam1263 (@IKnowBO)

    I feel sorry for the passenger in the pickup.
    Although it is nice to see the trash taking itself out.
    And to the inevitable family members of the scum that will come here to defend them, with trite phrases like; They were trying to straighten their life out.
    I don’t care. Really I don’t. Society is better off with out your family preying on the 99% that is honest.

  • vikki

    I know people don’t care about other people they jump to conclusions off the small stuff news feeds them the news said it was a he but it wasn’t it was a she . A mother died ok people the person you call a vermin was a beautiful young mother . And I’m not a family member so not here to defend anyone . Just think if this was your daughter , have some respect to keep some of the nasty comments to your self. She wasn’t even the one stealing at the store ok . Her family going through a lot already

  • vikki

    I don’t even live in Washington and am not associated with the story I just happen to know facts that u don’t so I don’t know who you people are that your referring too ?

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