WSP Press Release: Fatality Accident on Minkler Road in Sedro Woolley; Vehicular Homicide Charges Pending

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Sedro Woolley, WA – According to a press release from the Washington State Patrol, one man was killed and three were injured in a crash on Minkler Road in Sedro Woolley. The accident occurred on Monday, June 18, at about 7:40 PM.

Washington State Patrol Troopers, along with multiple Skagit County Agencies (Law, Fire, and EMS) responded to the scene after receiving reports of a two-vehicle collision. There were also reports that one vehicle was a roll-over, and another was on fire with one person trapped inside.

The first vehicle, a dark blue 2000 BMW 528 4D, was driven by Kevin M. Solorzano Hill, 20, of Arlington. His seatbelt/restraint was used. He was injured in the accident but was later booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

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A second occupant of the BMW, Caleb J. Winkley, 26, of Sedro Woolley, was injured during in the accident and transported to United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley. His current condition is not known. It is unknown if his seatbelt/restraint was used.

A third occupant of the BMW, Jonathan J. Harju, 45, of Camano Island, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His seatbelt/restraint was used. His next of kin was notified by the Skagit County Medical Examiner. Airlift NW did arrive on scene, but did not transport the patient.

The second vehicle, a grey 1999 GMC Sierra Pickup, was driven by Robert E. Wilson, 73, of Sedro Woolley. He was injured in the accident and was transported to United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley. His condition is not known at this time.

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Both vehicles involved were totalled, and were impounded to the WSP Bullpen in Burlington.

The BMW was traveling westbound on Minkler Road at a high rate of speed. The GMC Pickup was traveling eastbound on Minkler Road, turning onto Peavey Road. The BMW struck the GMC Pickup, causing the Pickup to roll over. The BMW became fully engulfed, and came to rest in the eastbound lane of Minkler Road.

The cause of the crash is listed as “Driving Under The Influence.” Vehicular Homicide charges are currently pending, and the driver of the BMW was booked into the Skagit County Jail.

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