Two, three-vehicle crashes on Issaquah-Hobart Road slow afternoon commute

June 12, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:40 p.m. June 12, 2009

Several vehicles were damaged in two crashes in the 10100 block of northbound Issaquah-Hobart Road at about 2:30 p.m. today, briefly slowing traffic on the corridor ahead of the afternoon commute. No injuries were reported in the accidents, which occurred within moments of one another.

Drivers said the first chain-reaction crash began when the driver of a truck leading a column of vehicles slowed down, causing other drivers to slam on their brakes. All told, six vehicles were involved — three in each crash.

A tow truck driver checks with police before taking away one of six vehicles involved in a crash this afternoon on Issaquah-Hobart Road. — Kathleen R. Merrill

A tow truck driver checks with police before taking away one of six vehicles involved in a crash this afternoon on Issaquah-Hobart Road. — Kathleen R. Merrill

Marah Weiler, 18, was behind the wheel of a beige Toyota Camry, headed home to Issaquah. She said the driver of the truck in front of her slowed suddenly. Weiler hit her brakes; her vehicle tapped the truck. Weiler said the truck then left. A red Honda Civic slammed into the Camry’s rear bumper.

Shaken, Weiler called her mother, Marné, after the crash.

“I could tell she was afraid,” Marné Weiler said.

Issaquah Police Officer Ron Adams said the accident was not considered a hit and run.

“We’re not taking this as a hit and run, because the person who did the hitting is here,” he said.

Adams said the two accidents were likely connected. Drivers slowed to maneuver around the first accident.

Stasi Samsonov was driving north in her maroon Honda CR-V when her vehicle was rear-ended.

“I was on my way to work,” she said. “I didn’t expect this to happen.”

Samsonov was headed to an auto body shop for repair estimates.

“I’m going to be sore tomorrow,” she added. “That’s for sure.”

The accidents occurred within sight of a memorial to accident victim Christopher M. Leslie. The 27-year-old Issaquah man died June 5 when his sport-utility vehicle veered off the road and rolled several times. Leslie died at the scene from head injuries.

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One Response to “Two, three-vehicle crashes on Issaquah-Hobart Road slow afternoon commute”

  1. Kevin on June 15th, 2009 10:32 am

    I’m not in the least surprised by this cluster of collisions. Not only does the speed limit for northbound traffic change from 45 to 35 around that area, but also branches on some of the trees along the side of that stretch of road have grown enough to at least partially obscure the 35 mph speed limit sign—not to mention that the annoying “YOUR SPEED ____” sign that appears as the view of signs and markers on the side of the road clears routinely causes people to slam on their brakes when they see it displaying their speed as still being in the mid-40s. If the folks who own the properties in this area can’t or won’t prune their trees, the county should be out there doing it for them.

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