Skagit County, WA – The Washington State Patrol and multiple other local law enforcement agencies responded to a horrific two-vehicle crash on State Route 9 near Diamond Road, just North of the Skagit River bridge between Clear Lake and Sedro-Woolley around 4:21 p.m. on November 22nd, 2023.
According to Washington State Patrol Public Information Officer Trooper Kelsey Harding, Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Dan McIIraith, said Sedro-Woolley Police Officers had responded to a domestic violence altercation in the City of Sedro-Woolley, prior to this crash. In the Domestic Violence altercation, the two involved parties got into a white SUV and left the scene. According to Trooper Harding, Sedro-Woolley Officers found the vehicle as it left the scene and attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle fled the scene and struck a Sedro-Woolley Police Officers vehicle as it left. Officers then saw the vehicle turn South on State Route 9 where Sedro-Woolley Officers lost sight of the vehicle. A Sedro-Woolley Police Officer headed South on State Route 9 towards Clear Lake in an attempt to relocate the vehicle and came upon a two-vehicle head-on traffic collision. The Sedro-Woolley Officer recognized one of the vehicles involved was the vehicle that fled from Officers. Officers immediately called for assistance from local fire districts and emergency first responders and started providing medical aid to those involved. City of Sedro-Woolley Firefighters, along with Clear Lake Fire fighters rushed to the scene and used extrication equipment, commonly known as the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the involved parties from the wrecked vehicles.
According to the Official Washington State Patrol press memo, Troopers say the causing driver, identified as 33-year old Curtis Recobos of Mount Vernon was traveling Southbound State Route 9 in a white 2005 Chevy Trailblazer SUV when his vehicle crossed the centerline for an unknown reason and struck a silver 2008 Pontiac G6 head-on near Diamond Road, just North of the Skagit River Bridge. The force of the impact caused the Pontiac to leave the roadway and it came to rest down the embankment off the Northbound Shoulder of the roadway. The Chevy Trailblazer came to rest in the Northbound Lane of State Route 9. Recobos was injured and transported to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. A passenger in his vehicle, identified by Troopers as 24-year-old Brady Laws of Burlington, was injured in the crash. She was transported to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon for treatment.
Troopers identified the driver of the Pontiac as 41-year old Bruno Vallejo of Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Vallejo was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted from the scene to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where his condition remains unknown. A passenger in his vehicle identified by Troopers as 35-year-old Sharon Lane of Sedro-Woolley, tragically died at the scene despite life saving measures provided by first responders. A third passenger in the Pontiac, only identified by Troopers as a 11-year-old child from Sedro-Woolley, was injured and transported to Skagit Valley Hospital for treatment.
Both vehicles were totaled and impounded to the Mount Vernon Police Department as evidence. Troopers say it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash or if the collision was caused intentionally by the causing driver. The incident remains under investigation and Troopers say charges against Curtis Recobos are under investigation.
State Route 9 remained closed in both directions until around 9:45 p.m.
The crash scene is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol and the Skagit-Island County S.M.A.R.T team.
WSP SKAGIT CASE NUMBER 23-020633