A deputy with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a collision on Fidalgo Island Monday afternoon that claimed the life of a 95-year-old woman.
The Washington State Patrol reported that Chief Criminal Deputy Thomas Molitor, a resident of North Whidbey, was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer south on State Highway 20 when a 2002 Geo Prizm pulled out in front of him at the intersection with Campbell Lake Road.
Molitor’s SUV struck the Geo Prizm and both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lanes.
Kathryn Jensen of Eastsound, the driver of the Geo Prizm, was injured and transported to Island Hospital, where she later died.
Molitor was not injured.
The collision was reported at 2:56 p.m. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.
Molitor’s SUV was an official Skagit County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. He was not running lights and sirens at the time, but was just driving normally, according to Heather Axtman, spokesperson for the state patrol.
Speed limit in the area is 50 mph.
The cause of the accident was Jensen’s failure to yield the right of way, according to the state patrol.
However, the state patrol’s investigation into the collision is ongoing since it involved a law enforcement officer, Axtman said.