Authorities believe alcohol was factor in I-90 crash

December 16, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2009

A crash near Preston caused by a suspected drunk driver sent two people to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said the driver, a Newcastle woman, was traveling eastbound in a silver Acura when the vehicle crossed the center median that separates eastbound and westbound Interstate 90. The accident occurred just west of the Preston exit.

A Washington State Patrol trooper witnessed the Acura cross the median, then drive down the hill and continue in the middle westbound lane — traveling in the opposite direction. The driver swerved right to avoid a collision with a tractor-trailer and instead collided with a Honda Civic. The accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver of a Honda Civic was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a Tuesday crash on Interstate 90 near Preston. — Washington State Patrol

The driver of a Honda Civic was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a Tuesday crash on Interstate 90 near Preston. — Washington State Patrol

The driver of the Acura, Janet Bumgardner, 53, and the driver of the Civic — Rachel McNaul, a 29-year-old North Bend resident — were rushed to Harborview in critical condition.

Authorities said alcohol could be a factor in the collision. Bumgardner has a prior DUI conviction. She will face charges as a result of the collision.

The state patrol closed two westbound lanes for about two-and-a-half hours during the investigation.

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6 Responses to “Authorities believe alcohol was factor in I-90 crash”

  1. Outis on December 16th, 2009 8:11 pm

    Rachel is only 23, not 29. I hope she recovers. On her way to go XMAS shopping. So sad.

  2. Administrator on December 17th, 2009 10:51 am

    Just so you know where/how we got the information, the Washington State Patrol release said she is 29.

  3. Don on December 17th, 2009 2:13 pm

    SO, don’t make excuses and double check your source.

  4. Anonymous on December 17th, 2009 2:42 pm

    She is 24 went to high school with her.. poor thing… i hope that she recovers :( get better Rachel

  5. drew on December 22nd, 2009 9:12 pm

    Easy Don. A DUI at high noon–wow. My wishes and prayers with Rachel and Janet. Both cars were really a mess, but thank heaven for airbags.

  6. Drew on February 23rd, 2010 4:50 pm

    Anybody know? How are Rachel and Janet? It was a terrible impact. I was amazed they were alive — airbags.

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