A woman who allegedly drove for miles in the wrong lane of Highway 9 was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide in the traffic death of Matthew Rubio, 20, of Arlington.
Shenequay D. Young, 23, of Lynnwood was driving drunk Aug. 29, deputy prosecutor Joan Cavagnaro charged in court papers.
Young told Washington State Patrol troopers “that she thought she was northbound on Interstate 5 and that the other vehicle came into her lane,” Cavagnaro said in the papers.
Rubio was giving his cousin a ride home when the crash happened in the southbound lane of Highway 9 between Marysville and Arlington.
A witness told police she saw a white car similar to Young’s traveling in the wrong lane shortly after it turned onto the highway from U.S. 2. The white car caused several southbound vehicles to take evasive action to avoid a collision, Cavagnaro said.
Rubio saw a white car coming toward him and steered his Toyota RAV4 to the right shoulder, charging papers said. Nevertheless, the northbound white car clipped the left front of the SUV, and it flipped over. Rubio’s cousin also was injured.
Cavagnaro said Young had alcohol on her breath and failed field sobriety tests. Tests later showed that her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.