First responders aid the people injured in the Aug. 17 accident on Highway 525. (Whidbey News-Times/Photo provided)

First responders aid the people injured in the Aug. 17 accident on Highway 525. (Whidbey News-Times/Photo provided)

Edmonds man dies weeks after Whidbey Island crash

Gary Hughes, 71, was a passenger in a head-on crash last month near Greenbank.

GREENBANK — An Edmonds man died two weeks after a crash on Whidbey Island, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Gary Hughes, 71, was a passenger in a Hyundai Santa Fe headed east on Smugglers Cove Road around 7 p.m. Aug. 17.

The Hyundai driver turned left onto Highway 525, colliding head-on with a southbound Jeep Wrangler driven by a Freeland woman.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Hughes was taken to Harborview Medical Center. He died at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Freeland woman, 44, suffered injuries that sent her to Harborview, too, according to the state patrol.

The Hyundai driver, Hughes’ wife, 65, was also injured.

Troopers noted it appeared she failed to yield to the oncoming car, but that the crash remained under investigation.

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