2 dead as woman drives car through house nearly into lake

May 19, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: May 19, 12:32 p.m.

Two men are dead and a woman critically inured after another woman drove her SUV through her house and nearly into Lake Sammamish May 16.

The woman, 68, seemed to be moving her vehicle, said Sgt. D.B. Gates, of the King County Sheriff’s Office. Her 3-year-old grandson was on her lap at the time, Gates said.

The car drove through her house in the 3400 block of East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Southeast and out the other side, going across a deck.

In the process a 70-year-old man, the woman’s partner, was killed. The woman’s 40-year-old son-in-law was critically injured and later died at Harborview Medical Center. The woman’s 34-year-old daughter was also critically injured but remained alive as of May 19.

Somehow, the vehicle did not go into the water.

“Luckily, some part of the undercarriage caught on something,” Gates said.

The 3-year-old was unhurt and was released to the custody of a family member, Gates said.

The woman was arrested and was being investigated on one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault over the weekend. Those charges will likely be updated in the light of the second man’s death.

The woman was released pending final charges.

Officers at the scene believed the woman might be under the influence of some sort of drug.

Gates said the toxicology report could take three weeks to complete. Final charges will be determined by the prosecutor’s office, likely after those reports and accident reconstruction reports are complete.

“Any time we have a fatal accident, it takes a few weeks,” Gates said.

If she was under the influence at the time, the woman could be charged with vehicular homicide even if the incident was an accident.

Vehicular homicide is a Class A felony. Under state law, it carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

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