Wanted Suspect Causes Four-Vehicle Collision on Aurora

On May 4th at approximately 11:05 a.m. officers responded to a four-vehicle collision in the 10400 block of Aurora Avenue North.  Preliminary investigation indicates that four vehicles were northbound on Aurora Avenue North approaching North 105th Street.  Vehicular traffic was slowing and/or stopped when the 23-year-old male suspect, who was driving a Nissan Versa, rear ended a Honda Accord driven by a 76-year-old woman.  This initial collision set off a chain reaction of collisions, causing the woman in the Honda to rear end a BMW 740 sedan, which then rear ended a Ford pickup truck. 

The 76-year-old woman driving the Honda Accord had to be cut out of her vehicle as a result of the collision.  She was treated on scene by SFD medics and subsequently transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

The suspect suffered a minor injury and was transported to Northwest Hospital via ambulance for treatment. 

An officer who is also trained and certified as a Drug Recognition Expert responded and evaluated the suspect for signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

Based on that evaluation it is suspected that the suspect was under the influence of  one or more drugs at the time of the collision.  A blood draw was completed on the suspect and the results are pending laboratory analysis. 

After being treated at the hospital, the suspect was booked into the King County Jail on an outstanding Department of Corrections No Bail Felony Warrant.  The warrant was for a probation violation for a drug offense.  

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in serious traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.