Camano teen, 17, killed in collision in Skagit County

Herald staff

BURLINGTON – A Camano Island teen-ager died just after midnight Sunday when the car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle north of Burlington.

Judson Wildman, 17, was following 20-year-old Dustin Ashley of Arlington, driving southbound at 12:15 a.m. on Old Highway 99 where it crosses the Samish River in Skagit County. The two were attempting to pass in a no-passing zone, according to the state patrol, when they came upon 38-year-old Jeffrey Routon of Burlington, who was heading north.

Ashley, driving a 1978 Toyota pickup, was able to get back into the southbound lanes, the state patrol reported, but Wildman and Routon collided head-on.

Wildman died at the scene and his 1979 Camaro was destroyed. Routon, whose 1990 Dodge Ram pickup was also destroyed, was in satisfactory condition Sunday evening at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he had been airlifted at about 3:25 a.m.


Mukilteo couple hurt in wreck: A Mukilteo couple were injured Sunday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding failed to make a turn and slammed into a concrete wall.

The state patrol reported that Carl Jacobsen, 59, was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife Linda Jacobsen, 50, riding on the back when the accident happened at 3:17 p.m. on the southbound I-5 offramp to westbound Highway 526.

Carl Jacobsen was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Linda Jacobsen was taken there in an aid car. He had head injuries, and she had a fractured wrist and knee abrasions, according to the state patrol. Both were listed in satisfactory condition Sunday night.

The motorcycle was towed away with about $4,000 damage.


Woman and dog hit by train: A woman and her dog were injured Sunday evening when they were struck by a train on the railroad tracks just south of the Edmonds ferry terminal.

Edmonds Police Officer Jim Lawless said the woman, who was about 25, was walking with her dog when the train came along at about 6:20 p.m. The Burlington Northern train was heading southbound at about 35 mph, he said.

"She tried to get the dog off but didn’t make it in time, and the handrail lightly clipped her and the dog," Lawless said.

An aid unit took the woman to Northwest Hospital in Seattle, where she was listed in stable condition with cuts on her legs and head. Another ambulance took her dog, which Lawless said looked like a small husky, to an emergency animal hospital.

The investigation was still under way Sunday night and no further information was available.

Access to the ferry terminal was cut off for about 90 minutes, Lawless said, because rescue workers had to put the woman on the train and back it up to Main Street in Edmonds to get her to an ambulance.

In May, a 31-year-old Everett woman was killed when a train struck her a few miles north of where Sunday’s accident happened.


Police seek 87-year-old man: Police are asking for help in finding a missing man from Edmonds.

Norman Louis Eilert, 87, was last seen at 12:30 p.m. sitting in the driveway of his residence in the 14900 block of 72nd Avenue W., Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said.

Eilert suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Jorgensen said, and he takes a variety of medications, which he left at home.

Eilert is a white male who stands 6 feet tall, weighs 200 pounds and has gray hair. He was wearing a teal shirt, khaki pants and sandals with white socks. He is believed to be driving a dark gray 2000 Dodge Caravan sport model with the license plate number 903KPH. He may be heading toward Colfax or Othello, where he grew up, Jorgensen said, adding that he hadn’t driven a vehicle for about two years.

Anyone with information can call 911 or 425-388-3839.

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