State Patrol: Wrong-way driver causes deadly crash overnight on Hwy. 18

KOMO News photo shows the crash scene.

HOBART, Wash. - A man is facing vehicular homicide charges after driving the wrong way on Highway 18 near Hobart then crashing head-on into another car, killing the driver, the Washington State Patrol reports.

State troopers responded to the scene, in the westbound lanes of Highway 18 just east of Hobart, at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, after receiving reports of a serious accident.

Two totaled vehicles were found along the highway, a Honda Pilot and an Acura TL.

The driver of the Acura, a 50-year-old Kent man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda, a 68-year-old Maple Valley man, was taken to Overlake Hospital and faces arrest after he is released from there.

A preliminary investigation found that Honda driver was heading east in the westbound lanes of Highway 18 when he crashed head-on into the Acura, which was headed west, the State Patrol reports.

Troopers say drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash.

The highway was blocked for nearly four hours after the crash, but has since reopened.

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