Skagit County, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a fatal crash on the Bridge on State Route 20 over the Swinomish Slough, near milepost 50-8 around 12:09 p.m. on August 5th, 2020.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 76-year old Raymond S. Koladycz of Oak Harbor, was traveling Westbound in the Eastbound Lanes of State Route 20 in a silver 2015 Toyota Highlander. As Koladycz traveled in the wrong direction over the bridge above the Swinomish Slough, he struck a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner Head-on. The force of the impact sent the rear end of the 4-Runner onto the guardrail of the bridge and left the vehicle partially hanging over the bridge. The driver of the 4-runner, identified by Troopers as 62-year old Jill L. Powell of Mount Vernon and Koladycz, both died at the scene, despite life saving efforts by bystanders and multiple local first responders.
Troopers say it is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Both drivers were reported to be wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The cause of the crash has been listed as “Driving Wrong Way on Roadway.”
Both Vehicles were totaled and impounded to a local tow yard.
The Roadway was blocked for several hours while Troopers conducted their traffic accident investigation but has since reopened to traffic.