Trooper: Passenger, teen driver still critical after fatal crash on Highway 20

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 29, 2014 

SEDRO-WOOLLEY - State troopers have identified a 19-year-old man as the driver who caused a head-on crash that killed three people on the North Cascades Highway.

Alfredo Navarro III, of Mount Vernon, crossed the center line in an eastbound Audi A4 around 5:10 a.m. May 23, on Highway 20 near Minkler Road, just east of Sedro-Woolley, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers suspect the car had been speeding when it slammed into a Ford Fusion driven by Frederick A. Brand, 65, of Concrete, according to troopers. Brand died that morning.

The Audi flipped into a ditch on the north side of the highway. Two passengers inside - Megan L. Brown, 21, of Bellingham, and Nicole A. Washington, 23, of Sedro-Woolley - died at the scene.

Navarro and another man in the Audi, Quinnton A. Baxter, 22, of Burlington, were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition. Their conditions had not improved as of Thursday, May 29, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Baxter remained in a medically induced coma, said Trooper Mark Francis.

Formal charges have not been filed against Navarro. Troopers drew a sample of his blood determine if he'd been drinking or using drugs that morning. Beer cans were found in the Audi, Francis said.

Under state law, if Navarro was intoxicated or driving recklessly, he would face several counts of vehicular homicide.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the cars shortly beforehand is asked to contact Detective Scott Witman of the state patrol's Criminal Investigation Division at 360-654-1143. Detectives are still trying to piece together exactly what happened.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher Blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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