A 71-year-old Shelton grandmother who was seriously injured in an April 15 car wreck on U.S. Highway 101 has died.
Karen Annette Hoard was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her daughter, Rachel Crawford, 42, of Shelton, during the April 15 wreck. She was in a medically induced coma after the crash, and died Monday at Providence St. Peter Hospital, her granddaughter said.
The collision occurred after an Everett man fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed into two other vehicles, including Crawford's, according to a report from the Washington State Patrol. Hoard and her daughter were both seriously injured when their vehicle rolled onto its side after being struck.
The Everett man who fell asleep at the wheel, Jayson Davis, 41, was cited for second-degree negligent driving.
Hoard's granddaughter, Katherine Hoard, said she and other family members are angry that the driver who caused the crash only received a traffic citation.
"I had to watch my grandmother die yesterday because some guy fell asleep at the wheel," Katherine Hoard said. "We're all devastated. I am furious. My grandfather lost a soulmate."
Washington State Patrol Sgt. Jason Hicks said Tuesday that it is likely the patrol will reopen its investigation into the crash, now that someone has died. Ultimately, the patrol will forward the results of its investigation to the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and it will be up to them to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.
"We'll go back and we'll take another look at it," Hicks said.
Katherine Hoard added that her mother also was injured in the crash, suffering broken ribs, a lacerated scalp and a broken neck in the crash.
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