Bellingham man injured in Seattle car wreck


A Bellingham man was among two people injured Friday night in a crash that killed a 42-year-old Bonney Lake woman in Seattle.

Identification of the dead woman was withheld until her relatives could be notified, according to a Washington State Patrol report on the incident.

Cause of the crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed, the state patrol said Saturday.

Roger D. Powless, 58, Bellingham, was injured in the 9:13 p.m. Friday wreck, along with 60-year-old Roderick E. Lee of Seattle. Both were taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center.

Powless was treated for his injuries and later discharged, a hospital official said. Lee was never listed as a patient, the hospital said.

Powless was driving a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek in the slow lane of northbound Interstate 5 near Michigan Street south of downtown Seattle when he hit a 1993 Honda Civic driven by the woman who died as it was stopped facing sideways in the slow lane. Both cars were damaged beyond repair, the report said.

Lee was a passenger in the Civic, which was hit broadside. A passenger in the Crosstrek, 53-year-old Sherri L. Soto-Kinley of Bellingham, was uninjured.

All four people in the cars were wearing seat belts, the state patrol said. The freeway was closed for more than two hours for the investigation.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty