Woman struck during Everett police chase dies of injuries

SEATTLE - A Mukilteo woman has died from extensive injuries she suffered when the driver of a stolen pickup fleeing from police slammed into her car and pushed it into a gas line as she drove to work in Everett at around midnight Sunday.

The woman, identified as Rachael Kamin, 40, had been clinging to life ever since the crash, which pushed her car into a gas main that broke and caught fire.

Kamin, a registered nurse, was just a few blocks from her job at the south campus of Providence Regional Medical Center at the time of the crash, the Herald of Everett reported.

The crash ended a police chase that began earlier in Bothell when an officer spotted a man driving a stolen pickup and pursued him for miles through Snohomish County at speeds of up to 95 mph. During the chase, the pickup hit the officer's patrol car and another car before heading north up Interstate 5.

The pickup eventually turned off I-5 at Everett, turning onto Evergreen Way and heading north, blasting through several red lights at high speed as the officer followed with emergency lights and sirens on, according to the officer's report.

At the intersection of Rucker and Pacific avenues in Everett, the stolen pickup slammed into Kamin's car, flipped upside down and slid up onto the sidewalk. Kamin's car went flying onto its side - right into a natural gas line.

Emergency crews had to physically move her car and cut Kamin out of it. She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries. Despite doctors' best efforts, she died Tuesday.

She is survived by by a husband and two teenage sons.

The suspect in the stolen pickup is a 33-year-old Seattle man, identified as Joseph D. Strange, who faces a number of felony charges from the chase.