Island County, WA- The Washington State Patrol responded with local First Responders around 1:01 p.m. today to a 2-vehicle, head-on Crash on State Route 525 near Campbell Road in Clinton.
According to a Press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 39-year old Danielle Cruz of Lynnwood, was traveling Northbound on State Route 525 in a black 2017 Ford XPL when she crossed the center line near Campbell Road and struck a Southbound 2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 being driven by 78-year old Kenneth Weikle of Everett. Mr. Weikle was injured and transported to Providence Hospital for treatment. Troopers say a passenger in his vehicle, 77-year old Sharon Gamble of Everett, died at the scene. Troopers say both Weikle and Gamble were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
The causing driver, Danielle Cruz, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. Troopers say they believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash and charges are under investigation against Cruz. Traffic Accident Detectives responded and were processing the crash scene.
The official cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Both vehicles were totaled and impounded to the Washington State Patrol Bullpen as evidence.
Washington State Patrol District 7 Public Information Officer Trooper Jacob Kennett said on Twitter, “Our hearts reach out to those affected by this incident.”