MALTBY — A Snohomish woman was arrested Tuesday for investigation of causing a drunken collision that left a man with critical head and abdomen injuries on Highway 522, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Around 9:15 p.m., two pickups were both headed east on Highway 522 near Paradise Lake Road in Maltby. A witness told investigators the gray pickup, a Rivian R1T, was “swaying left and right,” speeding up above the limit and then abruptly slowing down, according to a trooper’s report. The gray truck then rear-ended a red GMC Sierra, causing the second vehicle to veer off the road and land on its roof, the state patrol reported.
The red pickup “rolled over” and was “completely destroyed on all sides,” according to the report. The Rivian had damage to the front and back. The woman in the Rivian had cuts and bruises, but no serious injuries, according to the report.
The Snohomish man in the red pickup, 28, was in “critical condition,” a trooper wrote. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The woman, 34, had a “strong odor of intoxicant from her breath,” according to troopers. She reportedly had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes when talking to investigators. The driver told troopers she did not remember causing the crash and had three drinks before driving, the trooper report says.
The woman appeared in court Wednesday accused of vehicular assault.
Deputy prosecutor Jestin Peckinpaugh requested bail of $75,000. Peckinpaugh said the injured man suffered three head injuries and had “multiple abdomen surgeries” performed on him.
The Snohomish woman had no prior felony offenses in the state. Defense attorney Will Gelvic requested bail be set no higher than $10,000, citing the woman’s financial circumstances and that the incident was “completely out of line with (the woman’s) history so far.”
Snohomish County Judge pro tem Karen Campbell set bail at $30,000.
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