Everett man dies of injuries suffered in Highway 20 wreck

Herald staff

EVERETT — A 48-year-old Everett man died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Monday after suffering severe head and chest injuries Saturday in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 20 near the Grandy Creek Grocery in Concrete.

Michael J. Potts was westbound on Highway 20 in a 1989 Dodge Caravan at 7:05 p.m. when he collided in his lane with a 1988 Bounder motor home driven by Lory B. Nieshe, 72, of Concrete, the State Patrol said.

Two passengers in Potts’ van were also injured. A 9-year-old boy was listed in satisfactory condition with a pelvic fracture, said Kristin Foley, a Harborview representative. Foley did not disclose the boy’s first name.

The second passenger, an 8-year-old girl from Everett, had neck injures, according to the State Patrol. She was also in satisfactory condition at Harborview Monday.

Nieshe suffered a cut hand, according to the State Patrol.

  • ????Fire forces evacuation: A fire forced occupants of at least six units in a south Everett condominium from their homes Monday night.

    Investigators suspect the fire started shortly before 5 p.m. in a second-story unit of a building complex in the 300 block of 75th St. SE, Everett Fire Marshal Warren Burns said.

    There were no injuries. But a number of families were forced from their homes on the cold evening. Some adults stood with young children in their arms as firefighters extinguished the fire.

    Officials suspect the fire originated around a Christmas tree in one condominium, said battalion chief David Neyens.

    "An eyewitness saw the Christmas tree on fire," he said.

    The fire drew six fire engines and two ladder trucks, and police blocked off a section of 75th St. just west of Evergreen Way.

  • ????Teen dies: A teen-ager died in a two-car crash that closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 for about four hours.

    David S. Truong, 17, of Mountlake Terrace died at the scene Sunday evening just south of the King-Snohomish county line, Washington State Patrol investigators said.

    A report said a car driven by Gary K. Som, 17, of Lynnwood hit the Jersey barrier between northbound and southbound lanes, overturned and bumped a car driven by Christopher A. Espejo, 32, of Mukilteo. Truong, a passenger in Som’s car, was not wearing a seat belt.

    Som and Espejo, who were wearing seat belts, escaped injury, as did a second passenger in Som’s car.

    I-5 was closed to southbound traffic from about 7 p.m. to shortly before 11 p.m.

  • Drug lab busted: Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 38-year-old man Saturday after discovering a medium-sized drug lab in a house, according the sheriff’s office.

    The arrest at a house in the 4900 block of 136th Place SE in Snohomish took place after police went there to serve civil papers on the man, according to a news release sent out by the sheriff’s office Monday.

    Police became suspicious after discovering a marijuana pipe and pot in the house, and then finding a door with a padlock on it, according to the release. The lab was behind the door, according to the sheriff’s department.

    Firefighters and hazardous materials experts from Fire District 1, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Marysville responded.

    The man on Monday remained in Snohomish County jail for investigation of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver it.

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