THURSTON COUNTY, WA — A young child and a pregnant woman died Friday night after a head-on crash on Interstate 5 near Olympia, according to King 5.
The fatal wreck took place on southbound I-5, just north of U.S. Highway 101, in the South Capitol area, at around 11:47 p.m.
Washington State Patrol officials say a 27-year-old was driving a Jeep northbound in the southbound lane when the vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming sedan. The impact of the crash sent the sedan onto a cement barrier, where it came to rest.
Officials say the driver of the sedan, a 31-year-old woman who was found to have been pregnant, died from her injuries at the Olympia Airport. She has since been identified as Samantha Denney, of Chehalis, by the Thurston County Medical Examiners. One of her passengers, a 2-year-old boy, also succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
An 8-year-old girl who was also in the sedan was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries.
The driver of the Jeep, who was not reported hurt, was taken into custody. He faces charges of “driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, and vehicular assault.”
An investigation remains ongoing.
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