Two dead after woman drives through house on Lake Sammamish

May 19, 2014

By Ari Cetron

NEW — 11:35 a.m. May 19, 2014

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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5 Responses to “Two dead after woman drives through house on Lake Sammamish”

  1. Gayle Brown Frisch on May 19th, 2014 9:16 pm

    Shows how so many lives can be changed forever, in an instant. No warning or planning or chance to change the outcome.

  2. Kathy Flannery on May 20th, 2014 7:43 pm

    I feel so much for this poor women who just lost two people in her life, her daughter is hanging on by a thread and she is facing prison. No one knows what really happened, but I can honestly say this women has already been through more than any judge can give her.

    It tears at my heart strings!!

  3. Sharpenmycleats on May 24th, 2014 9:01 am

    @kathyflannery your commentary is outrageous. The fact that we have a 3 year old boy on the verge of being an orphan and has his whole life ahead of him because grandma decided to place herself under the influence and then get behind the wheel ,with him by the way on her lap, and the blood in your heart only bleeds for her. This “poor women”, “she is facing prison”, “this woman”, “it tears at my heart strings”, WOW. No sympathy for the family whose son is dead. No sympathy or mention of the 3 year old that faces a life without his dad and possibly his mother. Two dead men, a young boy without a father and all your heart bleeds for is the woman!

  4. Sharpenmycleats on May 24th, 2014 9:18 am

    Everyone needs to say prayers for the poor woman fighting for her life in the hospital. Please fight this tough battle, your son needs you more than ever. Everyone needs to pray for the families that lost loved ones on this tragic day. We pray your hearts find a way to mend.
    Everyone pray for the 3 year old boy.

    Son, I hope your mother will soon hug you again.

  5. tracy denney on June 19th, 2014 2:02 pm

    THAT WOMAN could not even go to her partners funeral, she is devastated about her and everyone else loss. She is my son’s great aunt….. IT WAS HER FAMILY.. please people, prayers only, not judgment…

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