A serious multiple-car collision in Everett last week that left one man a double amputee was caused by a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy who ran a stop sign, according to investigators with the Washington State Patrol.
A car crash in Everett last week in which a man lost both legs was caused by a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy who ran a stop sign, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The deputy, who had two passengers in his marked Ford Crown Victoria patrol car, was headed south on Rockefeller Avenue shortly before noon Friday when he went through the stop sign at 23rd Street, said Trooper Mark Francis.
The patrol car was struck by a Honda Element that was westbound on 23rd, Francis said.
After being struck, the patrol car spun around and was pushed into a parked Ford pickup, he said.
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The owner of the truck was pinned against his vehicle by the patrol car.
A fourth vehicle was also hit, police said.
Friends of the pickup’s owner told KIRO-TV the 59-year-old Arlington man had undergone numerous surgeries at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in an attempt to save his legs, but that they were ultimately amputated.
Deputy John R. Sadro, 54, his two passengers and the driver of the Honda suffered non-life-threatening injuries and have been treated and released from local hospitals, according to the State Patrol.
The collision is being investigated by State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team out of Olympia.
Francis said investigators have not yet released information about whether the deputy was using his lights and sirens at the time of the collision or what speed he was driving.
Efforts to reach the other people involved in the collision were unsuccessful.
Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, said the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave. He has been with the Sheriff’s Office for nine years.
“When the WSP investigation is completed, our agency will begin an internal investigation of the incident,” she said in an email Thursday.