Everett man charged with vehicular assault

  • Wed Jul 21st, 2010 10:47pm
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By Eric Stevick Herald Writer

EVERETT — An Everett man has been charged with vehicular assault after a July 2009 collision that split a Ford Taurus in half and sent a mother and daughter to the hospital.

Prosecutors allege that Valeriy N. Oseledko, 41, was driving a Pontiac GTO more than 80 mph down Evergreen Way when it slammed into the Taurus.

Police had to piece together physical evidence from the defendant’s car because both Oseledko and his son initially claimed they were the drivers in the July 23, 2009 wreck.

The son at first told police he was driving the car when it slammed into the Taurus, but later acknowledged that he lied because his father drove for a living, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow wrote in court papers.

A witness reported seeing the teen exiting the passenger door after the crash. He had bruise marks from a seat belt that were consistent with injuries a passenger would receive, court papers said.

The accident victims were taken to Harborview Hospital.

The injured mother, a Mill Creek resident, suffered a brain hemorrhage, a tear in her esophagus, a fracture to a vertebra in her neck and first-degree burns to her upper left arm.

She continues to experience vision problems in her right eye and finds reading difficult.

“It remains unclear whether she will ever be able to live independently again,” Darrow wrote.

Her daughter suffered paralysis on the right side of her face that lasted for six months. She also suffered deep cuts to her right upper arm and under her chin.

The impact of the crash ripped the Taurus in half. The front of the car spun off and hit a power pole about 80 feet away from the point of impact. The gas tank ruptured and the car’s back end erupted in flames. Bystanders scrambled to extinguish the fire.

Everett police detective Mark Zehnder conducted a reconstruction analysis and calculated the Pontiac was going 83 mph when it hit the other car. The Pontiac left no skid marks before for the collision.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com.