ARLINGTON, Wash. – A man is in critical condition after troopers say he jumped out of a moving SUV on Highway 9 Saturday morning, leading to a chain reaction crash.
It happened around 12:30 a.m. near 132nd Street NE.
The Washington State Patrol says a 16-year-old girl was driving the 2001 Chevy Tahoe when passenger Steven Weldon, 27, jumped out of the vehicle.
The girl slammed on the brakes. A second vehicle swerved to avoid Weldon and hit the Tahoe. A third vehicle swerved to miss the second vehicle and also hit the Tahoe.
Weldon was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
A 66-year-old woman who was a passenger in the second vehicle was taken to Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington. It was not clear how serious her injuries were.
Troopers say there were more people in the Tahoe than it was meant to carry. At least 18 people were involved in the accident.
Police believe the 16-year-old driver was driving under the influence of marijuana. It’s not clear why she was behind the wheel. Troopers say her license only allows her to drive if a family member is with her. She could face multiple reckless endangerment charges because there were other kids in the vehicle.
Weldon could also face charges, troopers said. It’s not clear why he jumped from the Tahoe.