Driver in custody after 1 killed, 2 injured in S.R. 18 crash in Maple Valley

One person was killed and two people were seriously injured late Wednesday in a crash on state Route 18 in Maple Valley. A woman who admitted methamphetamine. (Washington State Patrol photo)

MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. - An Auburn woman who admitted methamphetamine use has been taken into custody after a fatal crash late Wednesday night in Maple Valley.

A 28-year-old Seattle man was killed, and two other people, a 27-year-old Auburn woman and a 36-year-old Roy man, were seriously injured in the a two-vehicle crash on state Route 18, the Washington State Patrol reports.

The two injured people were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

State troopers and medics responded to the scene, near Southeast 231st, at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of a serious accident.

Two totaled vehicles were found at the scene: a black Acura sedan and a white Mazda pickup.

The State Patrol said the Acura, driven by the Auburn woman, was eastbound when she lost control and went into the westbound lanes. The pickup hit the Acura broadside. The Seattle man who was killed was a passenger in the Acura.

The State Patrol said the woman showed signs of impairment and admitted to using methamphetamine earlier in the evening.

She was placed into custody and will be jailed for investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault after she is released from the hospital, the State Patrol said.

The State Patrol got a search warrant to get a blood sample from the woman.

The State Patrol is looking for witnesses to the crash or for anyone who saw the Acura before the crash. The State Patrol ask that you call Detective Ruth Medeiros at 425-401-7719 or email her at

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