Head-on crash at Terry’s Corner kills 1, injures 2

Herald staff

CAMANO ISLAND — One person was killed and two others injured in a head-on crash at Terry’s Corner on Highway 532.

Norma M. O’Neel, 85, suffered head and chest injuries and died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle about seven hours after the crash, which occurred about 3:20 p.m. Monday

Evelyn R. Pearson, 67, suffered a broken pelvis and possible broken wrist. She remained in serious condition at Harborview, a nursing supervisor said. Dean H. Pearson, 74, a passenger in her car, suffered chest and shoulder injuries and a scraped shin. He was treated at Providence Everett Medical Center and released. Both are from Camano Island.

O’Neel’s 1988 Toyota was westbound on the highway and Pearson’s 1995 Ford Escort was eastbound when the cars collided in the eastbound lane, according to the Washington State Patrol.

  • Soldering gun starts fire: A hot soldering gun started a fire that did an estimated $15,000 damage to an Everett home Tuesday but nobody was hurt, Everett Fire Department Battalion Chief Roger Westlund said.

    The fire was reported at 5:40 p.m. at a home in the 4000 block of High Street. The owner had been soldering some wires and left the gun near a sofa, which ignited, Westlund said. The fire damaged a family room. The home was insured.

  • Gunshots hit building: An argument between two carloads of men ended with shots being fired and both cars fleeing, but nobody was hurt.

    A Ford Bronco apparently rear-ended a Cadillac that was heading out the east exit of the Albertson’s shopping complex on 128th Street SW, just west of I-5, at about 7:12 p.m., Snohomish County sheriff spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said.

    Five to eight men emerged from the vehicles and began to argue. One of the Bronco occupants produced a handgun and fired five to six shots, two of which struck the awning of the 128th Street Laundromat.

    "I heard three pops and another pop a couple of seconds later. I thought somebody’s car had backfired," laundry employee Amy Packebush said.

    Both the laundromat and a nearby coffee shop were occupied at the time of the shooting.

    The two vehicles fled. The Cadillac was found abandoned about two blocks away, Jorgensen said.

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