Skagit County, WA- The Washington State Patrol Responded to a three-vehicle crash on State Route 20 near Rhodes Road around 12:22 a.m. on September 3rd, 2022 that left one person dead, two injured and another jailed for investigation of vehicular homicide and Vehicular Assault among other charges.
According to a press release from the Washington State Patrol, 21-year old Kaden James Becker of Concrete, Washington was traveling Westbound on State Route 20 near Ferry Street in a white 1993 Nissan Truck. Troopers say he was behind a 17-year-old male, also driving westbound on State Route 20 in a 2005 Honda Civic. Note: Troopers did not identify the teen as he is legally considered a minor.
According to Troopers, Becker’s vehicle struck the rear of the Honda Civic and forced it into the Eastbound Lanes where it collided head-on with a black 2007 BMW 328 being driven by 26-year old Michael A. Warnke-Sedano of Mount Vernon, Washington. Mr. Warnke-Sedano was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash.
The 17-year-old juvenile from Mount Vernon, Washington was injured and transported to Skagit Valley Hospital for treatment. A passenger in his vehicle, identified by Troopers as 29-year-old Josiah Sybrandy of Mount Vernon, Washington, was also injured and transported to Skagit Valley Hospital for treatment. Mr. Becker was not injured in the crash and allegedly fled the scene.
Troopers with the Washington State Patrol took Mr. Becker into custody at the Mount Vernon Days Inn around 3:16 a.m. on September 3rd, 2022 and transported him to the Skagit County Community Justice Center where he remains jailed on an Investigative Hold for Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault. He is also being held on additional charges from 9/3/222 for Burglary 1st Degree Domestic Violence, Violation of a Protection Order and Attempted 4th Degree assault with a Domestic Violence enhancement.
All three vehicles were damaged and impounded to the Washington State Patrol 712 Bullpen as Evidence.
As a reminder, all subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Washington State Patrol Case Number: 22-014870.
Burglary/Protection Order/Assault Case Number: 22-M16966
(Edited) Witness statement removed from article 9/5/22. 11:30 p.m.