UPDATE: Alcohol possible variable in SR 164 crash that killed two

Crystal Mulling and William Gatlin of Enumclaw were injured and sent to Harborview.

A two-car crash on state Route 164 has left three injured and two killed.

On Dec. 4 at approximately 1 a.m., a 2004 Kia Spectra and a 2013 Ford F150 collided at the intersection of the highway and 196th Avenue Southeast, just west of Olson’s Meats and Smokehouse.

In the Spectra was Crystal M. Mulling, 22, Charles M. Saylor, 18, and two other passengers.

Both Mulling, of Enumclaw, and Saylor, of Vader, were transported to Harborview Medical Hospital with injuries. The other two passengers, whose names have yet to be released, were pronounced dead on arrival.

In the Ford was William T. Gatlin, 31, of Enumclaw, who was also transported to Harborview.

According to the Washington State Patrol press memo, the Spectra lost control and crossed into the eastbound lane, striking the Ford head on. The two unidentified passengers in the back seat of the Spectra, who were not wearing their seat belts, were ejected from the car.

Charges for vehicular homicide have been recommended.

“We have reasons to believe that alcohol was involved,” said Trooper Rick Johnson, WSP’s public information officer for King County, adding that he couldn’t release specifics as to why troopers investigating the wreck suspect this.

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