OLYMPIA — A Hermiston, Oregon, teenager was killed, and an 8-year-old Shelton passenger and two others were injured in a crash Saturday on Interstate 5 in Thurston County.
Charges of vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment are pending in the crash that occurred at about 1:46 p.m. three miles northeast of Tumwater, the Washington State Patrol reports.
The investigating state patrol trooper states that a 2018 Nissan Altima driven by 48-year-old David C. Navejar of Hermiston was stopped behind a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of I-5 northbound.
A 2006 Ford Focus driven by 40-year-old David Willis of Poulsbo struck Navejar’s vehicle, killing a 16-year-old passenger in Navejar's vehicle, according to the state patrol. An 8-year-old Shelton passenger in Willis' car was injured and transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
Passenger Dianna M. Navejar, 42 and of Hermiston, was also injured in the Nissan and transported to St. Peter Hospital. The Nissan’s driver, David Navejar, and a 14-year-old passenger in the vehicle were not injured, according to the state patrol.
The state patrol said Willis’ Ford Focus rolled and came to rest in two of four lanes on I-5. The Nissan came to rest in the right lane of the interstate.
I-5 was blocked for nearly four hours during the state patrol investigation The cause of the crash is under investigation.