Two crashes snarl Issaquah-Hobart Road traffic
June 16, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
Several vehicles were damaged in two crashes in the 10100 block of northbound Issaquah-Hobart Road June 12, 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 at about 2:30 p.m.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.
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 at the accident scene. Her daughter and a friend riding in the vehicle waited in the grass alongside the road.
Issaquah Police officers responded to the accident at about 2:30 p.m. Officer Ron Adams said the first 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 and then caused the second crash.
Stasi Samsonov was driving north in her maroon Honda CR-V when her vehicle was rear-ended in the second crash.
“I was on my way to work,” she said. “I didn’t expect this to happen.”
After the accident, Samsonov headed to an auto body shop for repair estimates. Her sport utility vehicle was damaged but drivable.
“I’m going to be sore tomorrow,” Samsonov 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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