EVERETT, Wash. – A suspected DUI driver drove onto a pedestrian walkway and struck two people on US 2 Monday night, killing one of them.
The Washington State Patrol says the driver, a 24-year-old Everett man, crossed a raised median on the on-ramp to eastbound Highway 2. The car then went through a dirt berm, around secured metal pylons and onto the walkway.
A man and woman were walking east on the walkway, which is separated from the highway by a concrete barrier. The man was walking several feet in front of the woman.
Theresa Dubs, 55, was bumped by the right side mirror of the car. Darren Streeter, 47, was then hit and throw over the side of the trestle. He fell 40 feet and died at the scene.
The car eventually hit the concrete wall and stopped.
"Pedestrians use this every single day," said Trooper Keith Leary. "This is the first time I've ever seen a car get on here ... because it's marked, you can't drive there. It's not something we've ever seen ... It was creative driving."
The driver was stopped by a cement barrier. He was taken to Providence Colby Hospital with severe leg injuries.
Troopers smelled alcohol and found marijuana in the car.
The couple never saw the driver coming.
"She was doing everything right, she said they ran out of gas over in Everett somewhere and they were walking over to Ebey Island,” said Leary.
Jerry Bundy says Darren Streeter lived on his Ebey Island property for several years. Streeter fell on hard times and until recently was paid by Bundy to perform odd jobs.
"He was very talented in every way and it’s very sad to see this happen, I don't understand people,” said Bundy.