Woman charged in crash that injured pedestrians

EVERETT — Prosecutors allege a Marysville woman was drunk and high on methamphetamine when her car mowed into a man and three children on an Everett sidewalk in July.

Kelly Oliver, 31, now is charged with two counts of vehicular assault in connection with the July 24 incident. She is expected to make her first appearance in Snohomish County Superior Court later this month.

A witness reported that Oliver was headed north on Broadway when she drove onto the sidewalk. Initially, all four tires were on the sidewalk. Then, Oliver reportedly swerved partially back onto the road and then jumped the sidewalk again.

Her car slammed into the pedestrians.

Chauncey Filbert was walking north on the sidewalk with his son, 16 and his young niece and nephew.

He saw the car coming and was able to push his niece and nephew out of the path of the Pontiac Bonneville. He hit the hood and slid under the car. His son was thrown over the roof of the vehicle.

Oliver reportedly crashed into a light pole. Her vehicle stopped on top of Filbert, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow wrote in court papers. Bystanders yelled at her to back up. She did, and again struck Filbert’s son, who had landed behind the car.

Oliver allegedly told police that she swerved off the road to avoid being hit by another vehicle. Officers noticed that Oliver reeked of alcohol and had trouble speaking, Darrow wrote. Oliver reportedly told police that she’d consumed alcohol a couple of hours before the crash. She also allegedly admitted that she had smoked meth within the last two days.

Tests showed that Oliver’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, court papers said. She also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Filbert suffered a broken leg and the flesh on the other leg was filleted to the bone, requiring skin and muscle grafts.

His son also suffered a broken leg that required surgery. His niece, 8, was diagnosed with a broken foot and needed stitches to close a wound on her scalp. Her brother, 2, also needed stitches for a cut to his head.

Oliver was not hurt.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Turkey talk: Kindergartners explain the Thanksgiving holiday

Our annual pilgrimage led us this year to Pathfinder Kindergarten Center in Everett.

Police locate suspect in Snohomish River after he fled

They used a thermal-imaging camera to locate the man in the water near Dagmars Marina.

Electrical fire on roof of Marysville school extinguished

There was no apparent structural damage to Cascade Elementary School.

As police closed in, 2 heavily armed pot-shop robbers fled

Cops surrounded the place in Mountlake Terrace. The suspects were tracked by dogs and apprehended nearby.

Hiker rescued on Boulder River trail after 15-foot fall

She was reported to have possible leg and rib fractures.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

Front Porch

EVENTS Holiday lights parade in Monroe Monroe will host a Holiday Lights… Continue reading

Snohomish County Council passes a no-new-taxes budget

The spending plan still funds the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and a code enforcement officer.

Most Read