Crash

Snohomish County officials and emergency responders investigate a fatal crash Wednesday at the intersection of 268th Street NW (Stanwood-Bryant Road) and 28th Avenue NW, east of Stanwood.

Authorities Wednesday released the identity of the woman who died in a car crash east of Stanwood on Sept. 12.

Patti S. Roodzant, 60, of Marysville died when her Toyota Rav-4 collided and caught fire in the intersection of 268th Street NW (Stanwood-Bryant Road) and 28th Avenue NW, east of Stanwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The Snohomish County medical examiner Wednesday determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

An adult woman driver in the other car, a Subaru Outback was transported by ambulance to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The collision occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. No cause has yet been determined, however Roodzant ran the stop sign on the south side of the intersection while driving north on 28th Avenue NW, according to Courtney O’Keefe, Snohomish County communications specialist.

Jerry Fisher of the Sunday Lake community heard about the collision and hurried to the scene to be sure it wasn’t his wife.

“This is the route I take every day to go to my office in Stanwood,” he said. “People fly through the stop signs.”

He described the problem of trees and bushes along the road that makes it hard to see traffic and said that people need to just slow down.

Dave James lives north of this intersection. He’s seen people speeding through the stop signs on 28th Avenue NW from both north and south. 

“A couple months ago, there was a major accident where a car was smashed into the field on the southeast corner of that intersection,” he said. “A few weeks ago, I was walking around the block when a lady traveling east on 268th came within a few feet of T-boning a car who ran that same intersection, heading north. I encountered her sitting in her car, utterly freaked out, unable to drive.”

“It’s really scary,” James said. “I have no idea if the people running the stop signs have been drinking, but if you walk the roads around there, every day you will find newly discarded empty alcohol containers in the ditches ... 28th, 68th, 268th, etc.”

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Collision Investigation Unit is investigating the fatal Sept. 12 collision, which has temporarily closed both roads for what was called a “major collision investigation.”

Staff Reporter Peggy Wendel: 360-416-2189 or pwendel@scnews.com.

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