Updating to clarify the the suspected driver had 26 convictions, and four of those were felonies, including one for vehicular assault.
By Doug Petrowski
Before colliding with a van and killing its driver Friday night, a Chevy Astro van allegedly driven by a 42-year-old Bothell woman was traveling “up to 80 mph” on 196th Street Southwest in Lynnwood and narrowly missed causing two other accidents on 44th Avenue West, according to the Lynnwood Police Department.
The van ultimately was involved in the collision that fatally injured a 72-year-old man at the intersection of 44th Avenue West and 212th Street Southwest in Mountlake Terrace Friday evening around 8:30 p.m.
The female driver and a male passenger were reportedly eluding Lynnwood police in a chase that began in the Starbucks parking lot at 200th Street Southwest and Highway 99. The police report states that the female driver has a total of 26 convictions — four of them felonies — including one felony conviction for a vehicular assault in Clark County in 2004.
An undercover Lynnwood police officer had reportedly learned the passenger, wanted for an outstanding felony drug warrant, was in the area and began observing the van. The van turned onto northbound Highway 99, then sped off into the 76 gas station parking lot at 196th Street SW and Highway 99 when the officer turned on his emergency lights in an attempt to pull the van over.
A second officer joined the chase as the van traveled eastbound on 196th Street SW, then through the Precision Tune parking lot and hitting a curb at 44th Avenue West. While traveling south on 44th Avenue West the van drove through red lights and nearly colliding with two vehicles at 200th Street SW then another at the I-5 off ramp intersection.
The chase ended when the van ran a red light at 212th Street Southwest and broadsided a Ford van, killing its driver.
The female driver was taken into custody and is currently at the Snohomish County Jail awaiting formal charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence with bail set at $257,600. The male passenger was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with substantial injuries including a broken right arm; he was released from Harborview on Monday and was booked into Snohomish County Jail for possession of a controlled substance. His bail amount was set at $100,000.