Woman charged with felony assault after multi-vehicle pileup

EVERETT — A Granite Falls woman who reportedly told police she smoked marijuana the day she caused a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 2 is now charged with felony assault.

Heather Lee, 26, pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular assault Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court. She appeared via video camera from the jail. Lee has been locked up since her June 3 arrest.

Her attorney tried to convince a judge to release Lee on Friday, saying his client doesn’t have any prior criminal convictions. Lee, he said, is a full-time student who missed her final exams and is hoping to make them up.

She also has medical issues that may soon require surgery, he said. Lee’s left leg was bandaged and she used crutches to walk Friday.

Judge David Kurtz declined to set Lee free and kept bail at $100,000. If Lee posts bail, she is prohibited from driving until the case is resolved, the judge ordered.

The June 2 crash happened about 6:30 p.m. on a dry, straight stretch of the highway. Lee was eastbound, headed toward Sultan, with two children in the backseat. She reportedly told troopers that the children were fighting and she turned her head to check on them.

In front of her, a Chevrolet Blazer was stopped to make a left turn. A white minivan was stopped behind the Blazer.

Lee reportedly swerved and clipped the white minivan. She then struck a second minivan head-on. Another vehicle swerved to avoid the wreck and landed in a ditch.

A dozen people, ages 1 to 72, were involved in the pile-up.

Three people, including two boys, ages 10 and 13, were taken to Harborview Medical Center with severe injuries, including broken bones and internal wounds that required surgery.

Lee was taken to the hospital. A breath test didn’t show any signs that Lee was drunk but troopers reported that she appeared to be under the influence. Troopers found a marijuana pipe in the vehicle, court papers said.

Lee reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. Troopers obtained a search warrant to draw Lee’s blood for testing. The charging papers don’t say if Lee tested positive for marijuana use.

Her attorney argued Friday that so far prosecutors haven’t provided any evidence showing that the crash was anything other than an accident.

The two children in Lee’s vehicle reportedly said that Lee was eating and driving, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow wrote. One child told a paramedic that Lee was steering her vehicle with her knees.

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

More in Local News

If vehicles crash and tumble, rescuers want to be ready

The Puyallup Extrication Team practiced with other fire departments on cars, SUVs and even buses.

Man arrested after stolen car crashes in Everett

The accident occurred in the 100 block of SE Everett Mall Way.

5-vehicle crash in Arlington kills 62-year-old woman

Medics had transported her to the hospital, where she later died.

2 men hospitalized after rollover collision on U.S. 2

Two men were taken to the hospital with minor injuries… Continue reading

Marysville police serve a warrant — across the street from HQ

A man who fled was taken into custody. Police were serving a warrant for alleged drug-related crimes.

Marysville man charged with stabbing wife who sought divorce

Nathan Bradford, 45, found divorce papers while going through the woman’s car.

Man on ferry accuses child of theft, allegedly pulls knife

The man was arrested, no one was hurt, and the ferry was delayed 30 minutes on its way to Mukilteo.

Front Porch

EVENTS Snohomish man’s legacy The life and legacy of William Shelton, the… Continue reading

State is close but still not compliant in school-funding case

Lawmakers must act during the next legislative session to satisfy the state Supreme Court.

Most Read