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Troopers want public’s help identifying other car in serious crash

SNOHOMISH — So far troopers only have half the story on what pitched
a Toyota Camry into a ditch off of East Lowell-Larimer Road, a jolt that put its driver in the hospital with serious injuries.
The other driver in a Mazda fled. That’s why the Washington State Patrol is hoping anyone who remembers anything will speak up.
The crash Saturday, March 3 was in daylight on the flats of East Lowell-Larimer Road between 77th Ave SE and state Route 9.
A Lynnwood driver, Michael Lux, was attempting to pass a silver car and they collided. That is clear.
Reached by phone, Lux said the other driver sped up as he was trying to pass. Another car appeared coming the other direction from around the bend. As Lux slowed down trying to get back in line behind the other car, he said the other driver “started moving over and shoved me into the ditch” — rubbing the cars together and edging Lux toward the dirt until seeing the tan Camry veer into the ditch.
Lux took three rapid-fire hits: “It was tree ­– airbag – ditch,” he said in a phone interview, “like being punched by Mike Tyson.”
The crash fractured two of his vertebrae.
Trooper Heather Axtman, a patrol spokeswoman, said more details are needed.

A Mazda3 sedan

Authorities believe they have identified the other car as a silver Mazda3 sedan or hatchback from crash debris. The Mazda should have driver’s side damage; its side mirror fell off.
Axtman said and Lux confirmed that the two drivers first encountered each other on state Route 9. Lux said the other driver “was already driving like a jackass” on 9, cut him off on Lowell-Larimer, and started playing around with brake checks on Lux down the farm road.
“I don’t know if this is classified as road rage ... but this is why we want to know what people saw,” Axtman said.
WSP detectives are involved because of the injuries, Axtman said. The road is state Route 96.
Lux is convinced, though: “He didn’t want me to walk away from that crash.”
Providence hospital discharged him on Tuesday, March 6, but he is a car mechanic and thinks he’s going to be out of work for the next three to four months while he heals.
Mandatory state laws dictate people stay at a crash scene. The No. 1 rule is if someone is seriously injured in a crash that all parties cannot leave until law enforcement arrives.
Drivers can leave a fender bender after trading a short list of information including names, addresses and contact information;
driver’s license numbers; insurance information; and license plate numbers.
Area residents take issue with speeders racing on
East Lowell-Larimer, but Lux said he wasn’t and insists the pass was legal. “I was going 25 in a 35 until I went for the pass and got up to 45,” he said on Tribune social media.
Without a breakthrough of new information, detectives may be stumped. The Mazda has vanished.
Public requests for help have succeeded before, Axtman said. She said one recent case was solved after someone called in new information after seeing a story in Bellingham’s daily paper.
What troopers are asking for in the Snohomish case is if anyone saw any odd driving around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 between a tan sedan and a small silver car.
If you have any information that can assist with this collision investigation, please contact WSP Detective Kevin Nelson at or 360-654-1143.

A crash photo from the March 3 crash off of East Lowell-Larimer Road.


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