SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A 7-year-old boy was killed when a pickup crashed Saturday evening southwest of Arlington, and the boy's mother fought with medics and deputies who responded to the scene of the crash, officials said.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene, near the intersection of Forty 5 Road and McRae Road NW, at about 4 p.m., said Lt. Rodney Rochon of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
When they arrived, the woman who had been driving at the time of the crash was found outside the pickup. She began struggling with deputies and had to be forcibly restrained and strapped to a gurney. She was later taken to the hospital.
An eyewitness who lives near the crash site said the woman appeared to be in shock and was telling neighbors at the scene that another vehicle cut her off, which caused the crash.
"She was wanting to know - where was the car that cut her off," said the witness.
An investigation found that the pickup had veered off the roadway as it headed along McRae Road, then crashed into a utility pole, a large rock and a light pole before rolling over on its side.
Three children were inside the vehicle. The 7-year-old boy was partially ejected from the passenger side window and was killed when the pickup rolled over.
The other two children, a 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl were taken to the hospital for treatment and observation.
Deputies were not immediately sure what caused the crash. They said the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
However, a witness who lives in the neighborhood said the mother appeared to be in shock after the crash and that could explain her unusual response when deputies arrived.
"I think she was just in shock. I mean, who wouldn't be?" said the witness, Lisa, who asked that her last name not be published. "She just got into an accident with her kids - her baby died. ... I'd be freaking out, too."
Lisa told KOMO News that she helped the mother pull her two surviving children from the wreckage. She said both appeared to be belted in, and had no obvious injuries.
Officials said all three kids who were in the car were the children of the driver.