EVERETT — A passenger in a deadly weekend crash in south Everett told police the driver reached speeds of up to 80 mph before losing control of his car, which slammed into a rock wall.
Brandon R. Brown, 30, is accused of hit-and-run and vehicular homicide in the crash that killed an Everett woman, 37, who was a backseat passenger. A judge has set his bail at $250,000.
Everett police believe that the Lynnwood man was the driver of a maroon 2014 Nissan Altima that crossed a centerline, went over a sidewalk and struck a rock wall along Hardeson Road late Friday night.
Before the crash, the car reportedly was being driven with its headlights off near the intersection of Fifth Avenue W. and W. Casino Road. An Everett police sergeant attempted to make a traffic stop, but the car took off, according to court papers. At that point, the sergeant chose not to pursue the vehicle.
A passenger in the front seat told police the car began to fishtail before the driver lost control and rammed into the rock wall. He also said he believed the driver had been using drugs, according to the allegations in court papers.
The driver got out of the car and left the scene. In the backseat was the woman passenger, who was unresponsive. She was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett where she was pronounced dead.
Brown was arrested two hours after the crash. Investigators acted on tips from people living in the neighborhood and used a police dog to track him down. When he was found, he was missing a shoe, had blood on his left wrist, walked with a limp and complained of chest pains, court papers said.
Brown has a felony history that includes robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, and drug offenses.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.