Maple Hills student dies in Auburn car crash

January 7, 2014

Maple Hills Elementary School kindergartner Stacey Holmes died Dec. 30 as a result of an Auburn car crash, Principal Sondra Maier wrote in a Jan. 3 email to parents.

Stacey, 5, died at Harborview Medical Center following a Dec. 29 collision at 2:30 a.m. on Auburn Way South near the Muckleshoot Casino.

Auburn police said the boy and his 9-year-old sister, Amaria Brown, a Maple Hills third-grader, were in a car driven by their mother’s 21-year-old boyfriend, who was driving up to 90 mph when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a large tree. Police said the children’s mother was not in the car.

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Issaquah woman involved in police chase, fiery crash

November 19, 2013

A 36-year-old Issaquah resident, Kristine L. Espindola, rode shotgun in a high-speed police chase that ended in a fiery crash Nov. 8.

A 47-year-old Bellevue man allegedly led troopers on a chase on Interstate 90 before wrecking his 2013 Porsche Panamera into a building on Mercer Island.

Reports from the Washington State Patrol say Peter E. Kern fled from troopers while speeding in the eastbound express lanes of I-90 at about 11:30 p.m.

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Dump truck sideswipes minivan on Issaquah-Hobart Road

November 19, 2013

NEW — 11:33 a.m. Nov. 19, 2013

Two drivers received nonlife-threatening injuries as a large dump truck collided into the side of a minivan Nov. 19 on Issaquah-Hobart Road.

Savannah Laseter, the 23-year-old driver of the commercial dump truck, reportedly experienced brake failure on state Route 18, so took the Issaquah-Hobart Road exit. There, Laseter hit 46-year-old Martin Palmas-Ortega’s Dodge Caravan. Both vehicles went through a guardrail, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.

“It appears to be mechanical,” Webb said. “Amazingly, there were no life-threatening injuries.”

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Seattle man dies in crash near Issaquah

April 30, 2013

Rajat Kala, 29, of Seattle, was killed April 20 when his car, traveling west on Interstate 90, left the roadway and landed on its top, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The accident occurred at 8:37 a.m. near milepost 22, east of Issaquah, according to a press memo from the patrol. Kala’s car, a silver 2001 Toyota Celica, left the highway and landed at the intersection of Southeast Highpoint Way and Southeast 79th Street.

Kala, alone in the car, had been wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.