Washington Highway Patrol received reports of a car accident early Friday morning on Highway 20 near Sedro-Woolley. The accident occurred around 5 a.m. close to the Hamilton Cemetery Road East, when a 1998 Audi A4 was traveling Eastbound on Highway 20 crossed the center line and struck a Ford Fusion carrying 65-year-old Fredrick Brand of Concrete, head-on, killing him immediately.
Washington State Patrol Tropper Mark Francis stated that two other young female passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. They were identified as 23-year-old Nicole Washington of Sedro-Woolley and 21-year-old Megan Brown of Bellingham.
The driver of the Audi was identified as 19-year-old Alfredo Navarro of Mount Vernon, and his driver side passenger, 22-year-old Quinnton Baxtor of Burlington, were both transported via airlift to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for severe injuries they had sustained in the accident.
Highway Patrol is investigating the scene of the accident trying to figure out what cause the deadly accident. Some believe that alcohol could have played a major factor. WHP closed off Highway 20 for hours while the investigation was underway.
After being transported to Harborview Medical Center, Alfredo was to be arrested but was able to be checked out of the hospital by his parents. Police stated that because of how severe Navarro’s injuries were, there did think he would be released. Washington Highway Patrol had placed a $1,000,000 warrant after Navarro had checked out, and they were unable to contact him. After Navarro’s blood work had been processed, prosecutors stated that because he was high on marijuana and had a very high blood-alcohol content level, he was responsible for the accident that took place that morning.
Authorities stated that this wasn’t Navarro’s first run in with the law. In 2012, he was arrested for DUI and eluding police. He is now facing criminal charges of three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. If you or a loved on have been injured in a DUI-related accident, contact our Dellino Law Group in Seattle.