The woman killed Friday when a car rolled over her has been identified as Arlene Varnau. Varnau, 72, had been loading groceries into her rental...

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The woman killed Friday when a car rolled over her has been identified as Arlene Varnau.

Varnau, 72, had been loading groceries into her rental car when the car rolled in reverse, according to Kirkland Police.

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She was trapped under the vehicle and later taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she died.


Troopers watching for impaired drivers

Drunken-driving patrols will be stepped up for the holiday weekend, according to the State Patrol.

Extra troopers, along with local police and sheriff’s departments, will be looking for impaired drivers through Monday night.

“People need to have a fun holiday but plan ahead,” said Trooper Mark Lewis. “Think about a designated driver, think about what you’re going to do if you get somewhere and need that ride home.”

The State Patrol has been focusing public attention on the problem of impaired drivers through its “Get Hammered, Get Nailed” advertising campaign.

“I think that more people are hearing it,” Lewis said.


County will pay nurse $3 million

King County has agreed to pay $3 million to a nurse who was left with severe brain damage after a 2002 car crash that occurred when a county dump truck and loader created a traffic hazard, her attorney says.

Frances Rader’s car was hit by another vehicle whose driver’s vision was blocked by the county equipment. The driver of that vehicle has agreed to pay $2 million to the 41-year-old mother of four, according to her attorney, Mike Nelson.

She suffered a major head injury and broke her back in two places and has been unable to go back to work.

Her lawsuit against the county had been set to go to trial in February in King County Superior Court.

Diamond Lake, Ore.

Family of five killed in crash

A California family of five died Friday in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 97, about 15 miles south of the Diamond Lake junction in southern Oregon, State Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings said.

All five occupants of the vehicle, two adults and three children, were killed in the crash, which sent three other people to the hospital with apparently minor injuries and shut down the highway for several hours.

It was among Oregon’s worst fatal accidents in recent years.

State Police identified the victims as driver John Hanson, 43, Victoria Hanson, 44, Michael Hanson, 8, Elizabeth Hanson, 12, and Matthew Hanson, 10, all of Davis, Calif.

Police said the crash happened at about 2 p.m., when the northbound Hanson vehicle lost control on an icy patch and spun into oncoming traffic.

Four were pronounced dead at the scene. John Hanson died on the way to the hospital.

Police said the adults and Matthew Hanson, at least, were wearing seat belts. The other two were ejected from the car and police said it has not been determined if they were using the restraints.


Light-rail work requires detour

The westbound exit ramp from Highway 518 to southbound Highway 99 will close from Tuesday through Jan. 12 for road construction. A detour route will be in place. Beginning Tuesday, travelers heading to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from the north on Interstate 5 can expect intermittent nighttime closures at the Boeing Access Road while Sound Transit works on the new light-rail overpass. Freeway lanes must be closed when construction work is occurring overhead. For more information go to

Seattle Times staff and The Associated Press

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