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Two Highway 522 crash victims identified as Redmond couple
Two of the people killed in Monday’s head-on crash on Highway 522 near Maltby have been identified as a Redmond couple in their 70s.
Joan S. Kinger, 76, died at the scene. She was a passenger in a 2007 Ford Fusion. The driver, Stanley Kinger, 79, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he also died. A 1-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the other car, was taken to Harborview and died at 4:03 p.m. on Friday, according to Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary, who was notified by a Harborview staff member.
The other driver, 24, was listed in serious condition in intensive care at Harborview. Both the driver and girl were listed as living in Monroe, according to a Washington State Patrol accident memo.
The two-car collision occurred around 3:20 p.m. Monday east of Fales Road. A stretch of the highway was closed for about three hours while officers investigated.
The crash involved the Ford Fusion and a Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Troopers believe that the driver of the Mitsubishi was heading east and crossed over onto the westbound shoulder. The Mitsubishi hit a traffic barrel that was in some grass beyond the shoulder. The driver overcorrected before crashing head-on into the other car.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, the State Patrol memo said.
They also have ruled out the driver being distracted by texting or cellphone use.
It is too early to know what caused the car to cross over.
“We still need to talk to him,” Leary said. “It’s still an unknown. It’s still under investigation.”
Traffic barrels are used to shut down lanes. No construction was going on in the immediate area. The only construction happening was at the Snohomish River Bridge project well east of where the crash happened, Leary said.
Eric Stevick writes for the Everett Herald, a Sound Publishing newspaper.
Andy Nystrom of the Reporter also contributed to this report.