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Bail set at $250,000 for suspect in I-5 crash that killed 16-year-old Oregon girl

Traffic crash kills one on Interstate 5 in Olympia

A crash left one person dead on Interstate 5 in Olympia on Feb. 2. It’s believed a driver tried to pass traffic on the right shoulder of the freeway near Pacific Avenue.
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A crash left one person dead on Interstate 5 in Olympia on Feb. 2. It’s believed a driver tried to pass traffic on the right shoulder of the freeway near Pacific Avenue.

Bail was set at $250,000 Monday for David W. Willis, the 40-year-old Poulsbo man whose vehicle crashed into a 16-year-old Oregon girl on northbound Interstate 5 over the weekend and killed her.

Willis and two other people were injured in the Saturday crash.

Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax on Monday found probable cause for vehicular homicide charges as well as four counts of reckless endangerment. Arraignment is set for Feb. 19, court documents show.

According to charging documents:

Natalya Martinez, 16, of Hermiston, Oregon, was driving a Nissan Altima when she pulled to the right shoulder of the freeway near exit 107 because of a flat tire.

She called roadside assistance, and while waiting apparently moved to sit in the back seat with her teenage brother. Meanwhile, her mother and an uncle showed up and pulled behind the Nissan.

Multiple witnesses told law enforcement that Willis was driving his Ford Focus wagon erratically and at one point left the road and drove onto the shoulder in what was described as an attempt to pass slower traffic.

“Willis struck the left rear of the Altima at freeway speeds, causing both vehicles to rotate violently,” the documents read.

Later, Willis allegedly told detectives that he takes several prescription medications for pain and had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. He also told detectives that he suffers from seizures.

Martinez’s 42-year-old mother was injured and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Her 48-year-old uncle was not injured and neither was Martinez’s brother.

Willis’ passenger, his 8-year-old daughter, also was injured. He and his daughter were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for treatment.

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