Sedro-Woolley Woman Dies in High Speed Crash on Warner Street

Sedro-Woolley, WA – A 27-year old Sedro-Woolley woman is dead and a 26-year old Sedro-Woolley man is in Jail after a high speed crash in Sedro-Woolley on April 30th, 2020.

According to a press release from the Washington State Patrol and  a statement on the incident from the Sedro-Woolley Police Department that has been posted  on their Facebook page:  Around 2:00 p.m. on April 30th, 2020, Sedro-Woolley Officers were dispatched to a drug problem on North Murdock Street in Sedro-Woolley.  The reporting party (RP) provided information to dispatchers about a vehicle in the area that they believed was selling drugs. The reporting party also provided information about the involved suspect.  Officers responded to the area and knew the vehicle and suspect from prior domestic violence calls and drug related law enforcement contacts. The suspect was  also known to Officers to not to have a valid driver’s license. Officers located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. Instead of pulling over, the driver of the vehicle, identified by the Washington State patrol  as 26-year old Scott James Osburn Jr. of Sedro-Woolley, driving a white, 2001 Acura,  took off at a high rate of speed, driving recklessly.   The Officers knew the suspect and the vehicle involved, so discontinued attempting to stop the vehicle for public safety reasons.   Officers later relocated the suspect vehicle on Highway 9 South, heading back towards Sedro-Woolley. The vehicle was still driving recklessly, even though Officers were no longer attempting a traffic stop.   Officers again attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield to officers and continued to drive in a reckless manner. Officers quickly discontinued the pursuit for public safety reasons and provided dispatchers with a direction of travel of the suspect vehicle. Officers relayed to dispatch that the suspect was  disregarding stop signs and traveling at a high rate of speed Eastbound through town.

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As Osburn Jr. continued driving recklessly through the south side of town at a high rate of speed, witnesses reported the vehicle traveling well above the posted speed limit and failing to stop at any stop signs as it continued eastbound on Warner Street. Osburn Jr.’s vehicle then collided with two other vehicles at a  high rate of speed near the corner of Warner Street and Township Street, where his vehicle rolled and landed upside down. A passenger in the vehicle, only Officially identified as a 27-year old Sedro-Woolley woman, was ejected from the vehicle. Officers and several neighbors were able to get the woman clear of the vehicle crash and attempted lifesaving measures (CPR).  Unfortunately, the female died at the scene. She has not been Officially identified by Troopers, pending Next of Kin notification, although her family has identified her through various social media posts.   Another passenger in the suspect vehicle, identified as 66-year old Anneelizabeth R. Osburn of Sedro-Woolley was cut from the wreckage by Sedro-Woolley Firefighters and Medics. She was transported with injuries to a local hospital for treatment, where her condition remains unknown.

Photo: Shannon Armstrong Richards

The driver of the suspect vehicle, Scott James Osburn Jr, was found uninjured  by Officers, standing next to the overturned vehicle. He was taken into custody.   Officers applied for and obtained a search warrant for Osburn related to Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. He was booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center on an INVESTIGATIVE HOLD for Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol.

The victim vehicles, identified by Troopers as a white, 1994 Mercury and a white 2005 Kia were both damaged in the crash. The driver of the Mercury, identified by Troopers as 40-year old Travis Ellingson of Sedro-Woolley, was not seriously injured. A passenger in his vehicle, 32-year old Joshua Hughes of Stanwood was not seriously injured.  Troopers impounded the Acura and the Mercury as evidence in the vehicular homicide case.  Trooper say both victims were wearing seatbelts.  It was unknown if any of the occupants in the suspect vehicle were wearing seatbelts.

Traffic Investigators from the Washington State Patrol and Officers with the Mount Vernon Police Department are both assisting with the collision investigation.  The Sedro-Woolley Police said this allows for separation of the Officers involved and transparency of the investigation. “Any Incident like this is treated with the seriousness it deserves. All actions taken and not taken will be looked at and reviewed,” wrote the Sedro-Woolley Police Department.

If you were a witness to the incident and have not been contacted by Police, please call 360-428-3211 and request to speak to  a Sedro-Woolley Officer.








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