1 dead, 3 injured in 5-car crash east of Stanwood

Katrina Kakalecik, 27, of Granite Falls, was a passenger in an SUV that was rear-ended on Thanksgiving.

STANWOOD — A Granite Falls woman died in a five-car crash on Thanksgiving Day east of Stanwood, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Katrina Kakalecik, 27, was in the passenger seat of a Ford Escape when the accident occurred around 3:50 p.m. Thursday. The driver, 28, of Lynnwood, was going west on Highway 532 when the Ford was rear-ended by a Volkswagen Jetta.

The crash pushed the Ford into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a Toyota Avalon.

The driver of another vehicle going eastbound, a Toyota 4Runner carrying two kids, swerved to avoid the collision. The Toyota “barely scratched” the Ford and went into a ditch, state trooper Jacob Kennett said.

Kakalecik died at the scene, according to State Patrol. The man with her and the driver of the Toyota Avalon were transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Their injuries were serious but not believed to be life-threatening, Kennett said.

The Volkswagen driver, 48, of Camano Island, was also injured. Medics evaluated her at the scene but did not take her to a hospital.

No one else had any reported injuries.

Everyone was wearing seat belts, according to the State Patrol.

One man was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, but he was not being investigated as the causing driver, Kennett said. The man was taken to a hospital because his injuries were too serious for him to be booked into jail, Kennett said.

No other arrests were made Thursday. The investigation could take a while because of how complicated the crash was, Kennett said.

The road was closed for over five hours.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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