Arrest warrant issued for teen driver in triple fatal crash

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash -- A $1 million arrest warrant has been issued for the Mount Vernon teenager thought to be responsible for a May car crash the killed three people, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers believe 19-year-old Alfredo Navarro III was behind the wheel of a car that caused a May 23 head-on crash on Highway 20 east of Sedro-Woolley. Three people were killed and two others suffered life-threatening injuries in a horrific crash.

The three fatalities were later identified as Nicole A. Washington, 23, of Sedro Woolley; Frederick Brand, 65, of Concrete; and Megan L. Brown, 21, of Bellingham, whose family lives in Mount Vernon.

Brand was driving alone, likely on his way to work at Tesoro in Anacortes at the time of the wreck, said Cheryl Werda, a friend and neighbor. Werda said Brand was a father of three and practically inseparable from his wife, Minda.

Troopers found alcohol in Navarro's car and believe the teen was impaired at the time of the crash.

Navarro was also injured in the crash, but he somehow slipped out of Harborview Medical Center over the weekend without police knowing.

He now has a $1 million warrant for his arrest and could face three counts of vehicular homicide and a count of vehicular assault when he's arrested.

Troopers say Navarro has a broken arm, a broken leg and could be wearing a neck brace.

Anyone with information about Navarro's whereabouts is asked to call the police.