Father killed in Highway 18 crash

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 24 at 6:29 PM

SEATTLE - The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses in a fatal accident on Highway 18.

State Trooper Julie Startup said a red Ford Probe and a green Toyota Celica were both heading west on State Route 18, and were both seen driving recklessly right before the crash just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Celica driver, a 26-year-old Pullman man, attempted to pass traffic on the right shoulder when he lost control and traveled across all the lanes of the road, colliding head-on with an oncoming SUV, troopers said.

The couple in the SUV was driving to get Easter candy for their children. Trung Ngo, 36, died from his injuries.  His wife, Cheuk Chann, was injured but released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

"I really hope she has a speedy recovery and the kids get through this," said neighbor Misty Reed.  "It's going to be a real hard time for them."

The Probe driver, a 39-year-old Tacoma man, was arrested after the crash.  He had a 10-year-old son in the car, but that child has already been treated for minor injuries.  The father has a long criminal history, which includes driving violations.  
 
At last check, the Celica driver was still being treated for serious injuries at Harborview Medical Center.  He could also be charged in the crash. 

Investigators said it's unclear if the two cars were racing or if the drivers even knew each other.

"Regardless of whether or not they knew each other, did they have some kind-of interaction? Were they angry with each other or were they both just in too big of a hurry?" Startup asked.

If you saw the vehicles or the collision you are asked to contact Detective Ruth Medeiros at (425) 401-7719.
 

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