Man dies as car crashes through house and into Lake Sammamish

May 17, 2014

By Staff

New:  May 17, 7:48 a.m.

By Seattle. Times Staff Report

A 70-year-old man was killed and two people were seriously injured shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday night when a 68-year-old woman drove a Jeep SUV through her home and partially into Lake Sammamish, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman B.J. Myers.

The man who died was the woman’s husband or partner. The two injured people, the driver’s 34-year-old daughter and 40-year-old son-in-law, were on the deck of the home in the 3400 block of East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Southeast. They are the parents of a 3-year-old boy who was in the car with his grandmother when it went through the house and into the water, Myers said. Both were reported to have suffered serious injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The back wheels of the jeep caught on the edge of the deck and the driver and her grandchild were able to get out uninjured, police said. Myers said authorities are investigating the circumstances of the accident.

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2 Responses to “Man dies as car crashes through house and into Lake Sammamish”

  1. Parris Boyd on May 19th, 2014 11:26 am

    Neighbors’ accounts – consistent with (driver’s) statement that the Jeep accelerated on its own – make more sense than drugs or alcohol. And who wouldn’t show “signs of impairment” after being involved in such a horrible crash? I hope investigators are equally interested in taking a close look at the issue of electronically-induced unintended acceleration. There’s evidence galore of electronic defects in Toyota’s throttle control, and re the present tragedy, Jeep is notorious for unintended acceleration events at car-washes. NHTSA lists at least four complaints of unintended acceleration problems in 2014 Jeeps, two of which are associated with transmission concerns (Driver was observed to be having problems with the shift lever when the Jeep took off). There are far more unintended acceleration events that raise questions of electronic defects than most folks realize. Such events often start at extremely low speeds while people are trying to park. Toyota – the most frequent brand involved – is being allowed to ignore evidence of electronic defects associated with unintended accleration, and I’ve been blogging about the electronics issue. Search “Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU…”

  2. Paige on May 27th, 2014 6:11 pm

    Regarding article report on May 17, 2014, concerning the fatal accident involving an unintended acceleration of a Jeep in Sammamish, Wa, I thought it might be interesting to know that our office (Buckley and Associates) tried a similar serious injury case involving a runaway Jeep against Chrysler, the manufacturer of the Jeep, and the jury concluded the Jeep in that accident was defected and the defect caused the Jeep to accelerate unintentionally. Chrysler was ordered to pay $5.1 million dollars in that case. Please see Seattle Times news article dated May 8, 2001.

    James C. Buckley

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