The Washington State Patrol is investigating an apparent road-rage crash that closed all westbound lanes of Interstate 90 on Friday afternoon as a potential vehicular homicide.
Casey L. Walker, 40, of Nine Mile Falls was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center on Friday afternoon. The crash killed his 50-year-old passenger, Lynn K. Chapman, of Mead. Walker was listed in satisfactory condition Sunday afternoon, according to a Sacred Heart spokesperson.
Walker’s Jeep struck another car traveling west near the Freya/Thor exit just after 1 p.m. Friday, according to a news release. Initial information indicated the incident was initiated by road rage, WSP Trooper Jeff Sevigney said Friday.
I-90’s westbound lanes were closed for five hours Friday, causing backups as far east as Argonne Road. The Jeep struck a piece of concrete that fell into the eastbound lanes, closing one lane of traffic in that direction as well.
Neither Walker nor Chapman were wearing a seat belt. The occupants of the other car were uninjured, and the driver remained at the scene after the crash, Sevigney said.
A third car struck the concrete that was knocked into the eastbound lanes. The driver of that car was also uninjured.
The WSP is looking for any witnesses who might have information about the crash. They are asked to contact WSP Detective Troy Corkins at (509) 227-6643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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