Victim of wrong way crash dies

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Image: Twitter @JonRepp

The victim in this morning’s wrong way, head on collision has died according to The Seattle Times:

A woman died from her injuries late this morning after a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into her car on Highway 520 near Montlake Boulevard about 5:30 a.m.

Police arrested the driver of the other car and said it appeared he had been drinking.

The Washington State Patrol says the woman who died is Morgan F. Williams, 58, of Seattle. The driver of the other vehicle, an SUV, was identified as 25-year-old Michael A. Robertson of Tacoma. He suffered a leg injury and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. State Patrol Sgt. John Sager said the man was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault.

Sager said Robertson drove his 1993 Ford Explorer westbound into the eastbound lanes of Highway 520, crashing head-on into Williams’ Mazda Protege.

Eastbound traffic was closed for more than two hours while rescuers cut the woman from her car. She was taken to Harborview, where she died, said State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins.

This alcohol-fueled fatality comes on the heels of a March 25th drunk driving assault on a family walking across N.E. 75th Ave in Wedgwood. Two people died in that incident, while a mother and newborn infant remain hospitalized. Today’s tragic assault on 520 is equally as senseless.

This wrong way collision has left many wondering just how Mr. Robertson managed to drive west on Eastbound 520. It appears he either entered onto 520 using the Eastbound on-ramps — or was traveling east on the mainline — then U-turned and traveled west in the opposite direction. Robertson’s SUV slammed into Williams’ sedan just west of the Montlake Blvd overpass. The victim was removed from the car after emergency crews cut off the roof of her car. Mr. Robertson was hospitalized with a leg injury.

If anyone has information about this incident, contact the Washington State Patrol at (425) 401-7740.

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Ms. Morgan Williams.

4 thoughts on “Victim of wrong way crash dies

  1. He could have gotten on the eastbound lanes going west at Medina. There’s the eastbound offramp that someone who was impaired could have turned down. How tragic.

  2. For what it’s worth, this crash appears to be in the westbound, not eastbound lanes. It is on the uphill grade at the west end of the Portage Bay viaduct, near the exit to Roanoke and northbound I-5.

  3. I stand corrected. What a strange and terrible event. This guy was a rolling disaster area, and clearly has been for a long time – completely out of control. I hope he has a long, long time to dry out and think about what he’s done.

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