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Judge sets bail for suspected DUI driver in fatal SR 9 crash at $500K

Two people died after being struck by a vehicle. The medical examiner identified one of the people as a 39-year-old Arlington man.

ARLINGTON, Wash. — Two individuals died Thursday morning after being hit by a vehicle on State Route 9 near 204th Street NE in Arlington.

One of the people killed was 39-year-old Justin C. Wilkerson of Arlington, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner said Friday. He died of blunt force injuries. The other victim has not been identified. 

The driver of the vehicle, a 28-year-old man from Stanwood, made his first appearance in court on Friday. His bail was set at $500,000, the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office (SCPO) said. 

The SCPO has until Jan. 25 to file charges in the case.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday and was blocking both southbound and northbound lanes, but reopened shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

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Officers and medics with the North County Fire and EMS responded after receiving reports of a crash involving two adult pedestrians, according to the Arlington Police Department (APD).

An APD officer was nearby when the crash occurred and was able to get to the scene quickly. 

Two adults sustained life-threatening injuries and died at the scene. 

APD said the man is being booked for investigation of two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of DUI. 

The Washington State Patrol, APD and Snohomish County Sheriff's Office were on scene investigating.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash but has not talked to police is urged to call APD at 360-403-3400.