Charges brought in Bonney Lake traffic fatality

Legal proceedings continued this week for a woman behind the wheel of a small car that flew over a hill in Bonney Lake and crashed into a tree, killing a friend.

Legal proceedings continued this week for a woman behind the wheel of a small car that flew over a hill in Bonney Lake and crashed into a tree, killing a friend.

Scheduled for arraignment Tuesday was McKenzie Krakow, 19, who has been charged by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office with one count each of vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment.

Her charges stem from a Sept. 11, 2016, accident in the 18600 block of 160th Street East.

According to charging papers filed in Pierce County Superior Court, Krakow was driving a 2016 Kia Forte shortly after 5 p.m., eastbound on 160th. Mackenzie Rae Martin, an 18-year-old who had graduated from Sumner High a few months earlier, was in the front passenger seat and a 16-year-old friend was in a back seat. Krakow and the 16-year-old were wearing seat belts; Martin was not.

Investigation revealed the Kia became airborne and flew nearly 150 feet before slamming into the pavement and swerving out of control. The car first struck a sign and then crashed into trees.

Emergency medical personnel pronounced Martin deceased at the scene and a police report noted she was approximately 20 feet from where the Kia had come to a stop.

An officer interviewed the driver, who initially said she was traveling about 40 miles per hour when she crested a hill and lost control of the vehicle. Upon further questioning, the driver said she had perhaps been going 50 mph. The posted speed limit on that stretch of road is 25 mph.

Deputies later obtained a search warrant and downloaded data from the Kia’s airbag control module. The recovered data showed that within five seconds of the airbags deploying, the vehicle had accelerated from 63 mph to 80 mph.

The driver and the back-seat passenger suffered only minor injuries.

More in News

New utility included in Enumclaw budget; final vote set for Nov. 27

Significant progress has been made on crafting a 2018 Enumclaw budget, a document that could forever change the way the city collects and disperses certain funds. The plan now under way would see creation of a stormwater utility probably by August of the coming year.

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit hitting the streets this holiday weekend

The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motorhome that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command post.

Two Enumclaw volunteers honored for work at library

Two members of the Enumclaw Friends of the Library were honored during the recent Friends’ Day, an annual celebration of King County Library System volunteers.

Abigail Hill, 19, is crowned Miss Washington by the 2017 title winner, Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo courtesy Jerry and Lois Photography
Local Miss Washington prepares for national stage

That’s right — Enumclaw is competing in Miss U.S.A. Abigail Hill, the city’s newest star, was recently crowned Miss Washington , clearing the way for her to compete nationally in the spring.

Beyond the Borders now travels from Sumner to Bonney Lake

Come December, it’ll be easier for youth, seniors, people with disabilities or low-income to travel between Sumner and Bonney Lake.

Early start to Crystal ski season

The outdoor season has officially greeted those heading uphill, with snow deep enough to enjoy.

Suspect faces possible ‘third strike’ after alleged car chase, kidnapping

A suspect with a long criminal history finds himself in “third strike” jeopardy, the result of an alleged robbery in Enumclaw and ensuing car chase out of town.

Why now is a good time for a flu shot | Public Health Insider

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine.

Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.