Skagit County, WA – The Washington State patrol responded with local fire and emergency medical personnel to a head-on crash on State Route 9 near Bassett Road around 9:59 p.m. on December 1st, 2023.
According to a press release from the Washington State Patrol, 56-year-old Mcarthur Jackson of Oak Harbor, WA was traveling Northbound on State Route 9 at Bassett Road in a 2004 Silverado pickup truck while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Troopers say Mcarthur’s vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a 2020 Jeep Compass head-on, that was traveling Southbound on State Route 9. The Jeep was being driven by 20-year-old Ashlyn Raine Stroud Abbott of Arlington, Washington. Mcarthur was injured and transported to Providence Hospital for treatment. His condition remains unknown. According to Troopers, 20-year-old Ashlyn was critically injured and transported to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon before being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she later died from her injuries. Troopers say Ashlyn was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Both Vehicles were totaled and impounded to the Washington State Patrol District 7 bullpen as evidence. McArthur initially faced charges of Driving Under the Influence and Vehicular Assault. Those charges will be upgraded to include Vehicular Homicide.
According to Facebook, Ashlyn was employed by Skagit Valley Hospital and a member of the highly competitive USA EXPLOSION Fastpitch softball. Memorial posts indicate she had recently married the love of her life Weston Abbott. She studied Science and Pre-Nursing at Shoreline Community College-International and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Humane Services (BHS) at Western Governors University.
Ron Thompson of USA Explosion wrote ” Today we lost a USA Explosion family member. Ashlyn Raine Abbott / Stroud (20 years old) she was involved in a traffic accident with a driver under the influence. Ashlyn was one of the sweetest and most hard working kids I’ve ever met. A beautiful human inside and out. She was also surrounded with an amazing family. Ashlyn was married in
November September and just had her first Thanksgiving with her new family. My heart is broken tonight, and my tears won’t stop flowing. She absolutely didn’t deserve this and I’m angry. My heart and prayers are with Ashlyn and her family tonight. There’s nothing I can say that can make things better. My thoughts and prayers will remain daily with Ashlyn and her family for the rest of my life. God bless Ashlyn and her entire family. I love you!”
WSP CASE NUMBER 23-021219