Police arrest teen driver following triple fatal crash

SEATTLE -- A 19-year-old man with a $1 million arrest warrant is now behind bars. Washington State Patrol confirms Alfredo Navarro turned himself in to Seattle police at Harborview Medical Center Friday night.

Troopers believe the Mount Vernon teenager 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 the 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 somehow slipped out of Harborview Medical Center without police knowing. Troopers say Navarro suffered a broken arm, and a broken leg in the crash. The $1 million warrant was issued following his escape.

Navarro faces three counts of vehicular homicide, a count of vehicular assault, and has been booked in the Skagit County Jail.