A Tumwater woman and a child were hurt in a four-vehicle crash Friday on northbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis.
The driver who blamed for the chain of collisions, a 48-year-old Rochester man, could face charges for felony hit-and-run, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license, Washington State Patrol officials say.
According to a press memo the agency issued late Friday:
The four vehicles were in the left lane of the freeway near milepost 77 just before 5 p.m. when three slowed for traffic.
The Rochester man, who was driving a 1994 Chevrolet pickup, didn’t slow and and the truck rear-ended a 2016 Nissan Altima driven by a 37-year-old Hillboro, Oregon, man.
That set off a chain of other crashes.
The Nissan was pushed into a 1998 Ford Windstar driven by a 40-year-old Tumwater woman. The Ford was pushed into a 2002 Buick LeSabre driven by a 62-year-old Centralia man.
After the crash, the Rochester man ran away and later was caught in Chehalis at Northwest Division Street and Northwest Hawthorne Place.
The Tumwater woman and a child were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital. Information on the child’s age, hometown and which vehicle he or she was riding in was not released.
The Buick was the only vehicle not totaled.