A driver who looked down to check his phone and then drifted into oncoming traffic is believed to have caused a fatal collision in unincorporated Kent on Monday night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said investigators believe the driver of a Ford sedan crossed the center line at 148th Avenue Southeast, near Lake Youngs, at around 8 p.m., after he looked at his phone. The Ford struck an oncoming Honda Civic.
The driver of the Ford was not injured, but the driver of the Civic, Sherri White, 25, was killed. White died of blunt-force injuries, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Two passengers in the Honda were injured, according to the sheriff’s office.
“We at the Sheriff’s Office urge drivers to minimize distractions while driving, as this sad incident reminds us of the potential cost. No text message, phone call, or social media update is worth the damage done by taking your eyes off the road,” said sheriff spokesman Sgt. BJ Myers in a statement released Tuesday morning.
The sheriff’s Major Accident Response Team and Reconstruction Detectives are investigating. No arrests have been made at this time, Myers said.