Maple Valley driver arrested after passenger dies in crash

The man was driving on Highway 18 when he crashed into the back of a semi.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A press memo sent out to media had incorrect information, which was published in the original online version of this article. This print version correctly states that the driver, arrested on DUI and vehicular homicide charges, is from Maple Valley; the young woman killed in the crash lived with him, but was from Enumclaw. Also and unrelated to those errors, the driver has not yet been officially charged, and the Courier-Herald does not name suspects until charges are filed. As such, the name of the driver does not appear in this article.

A Maple Valley man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide after a fatal crash June 28.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the man, 31, was driving a blue Ford Escape westbound with a Maple Valley woman, originally from Enumclaw, on Highway 18 near Tiger Mountain around 8 p.m. when he collided with the back of a semi truck.

The truck was disabled and blocking a lane; the driver had put on the hazard lights and placed triangles to indicate the vehicle was disabled while he was working in it.

The truck driver was uninjured in the crash; the driver was transported to Overlake Hospital, and the woman was killed.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The Washington State Patrol is seeking any witnesses to the collision, or observations of the Ford Escape before the crash. Contact Detective Ford at