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UPDATE: Good Samaritan seriously injured while helping crash victim on SR 522

Story updated on March 20, 2014

Note: Very few details about this story were known Tuesday & Wednesday. Until this updated story, there had been no news of an injured Good Samaritan.  Many new details appear in this story.

(Snohomish) A Monroe woman was seriously injured as she rendered aid to another motorist on SR 522 in Snohomish late Tuesday night.

According to Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington State Patrol, the injured Good Samaritan is 34 year-old Robin L. Davis of Monroe.

Francis said that—as of Wednesday night—Davis was in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center, and has a “fractured skull and brain swelling.”

Tuesday night’s scene happened on the edge of a construction zone about a quarter-mile east of Echo Lake Road, nearly at milepost 19.

Francis explained that what transpired ultimately involved two crashes at the same scene.

Those two crashes were only about six minutes apart.

Davis was rendering aid to a driver in the first crash when the second crash happened.

Based on information provided by Francis, here’s a chronology of how the two crashes unfolded:

CRASH #1   Called in at 11:12pm

-An eastbound 2007 Honda CRV stopped for a construction crew.
-The driver of a 1999 Honda CRV stops behind the 2007 Honda, then turns off his car’s engine and lights.
-A Dodge Ram pickup truck approaches and rear-ends the ’99 Honda, pushing it forward and into the ’07 Honda.
-The driver of the ’99 Honda is hurt, suffering cuts to his head and feet.
-The Good Samaritan (Robin Davis) was not involved in this crash.  Davis was in another car already stopped on the road in the construction back-up.
-Davis leaves her car to assist the injured driver of the ’99 Honda.
-The injured driver of the ’99 Honda is Ernie D. Allsop, 68, of Monroe.
-Allsop is now out of his car.  He’s receiving help from Davis.  They’re near the Dodge Ram’s driver side door.

   Called in at 11:18pm

-Davis is tending to the injured Allsop alongside the Dodge Ram pickup truck.
-A 2005 Ford Focus approaches and rear ends the Dodge Ram.
-Impact of this crash forces the Dodge Ram’s driver side door to swing open.
-Dodge Ram’s driver side door strikes both Davis and Allsop.
-Davis is seriously injured and transported to Harborview Medical Center.

According to Francis, no one else was seriously injured in these crashes.

Three drivers were cited.

Allsop was cited for failing to operate a motor vehicle with its headlights on.

The drivers of the Dodge Ram pickup (Fernando A. Soberanis, 46, Monroe) and the Ford Focus (Drew J. Jackson, 21, Monroe) were both cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Washington State Department of Transportation's traffic tweet late Tuesday evening.
Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic tweet late Tuesday evening.


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Head-on crash survivor making a towering comeback

Please note: The text of this story has been updated to reflect that the actual deadline for making donations to the Big Climb fundraiser is Sunday, March 23rd.

Members of the Movers and Shakers team in this Sunday's "Big Climb" fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, (from left) Timmothy Lang, Tracey Lang, Melissa Jacquot, John Jacquot, Traci Jones, and Danica Pattison.
Members of the Movers and Shakers team in this Sunday’s “Big Climb” fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, (from left) Timmothy Lang, Tracey Lang, Melissa Jacquot, John Jacquot, Traci Jones, and Danica Pattison.

(Lake Stevens, WA) Timmothy Lang knows he’s fortunate to have survived December 7, 2012; the night another driver crossed the center line on SR 9 in Lake Stevens and struck his Chevy Avalanche head-on.

The two people in the other vehicle died.

We first met Lang two months after the crash as he arrived in a wheelchair at a Lake Stevens fire station, determined to personally thank the firefighters who helped save his life.

It’s a moment you can watch in this February 12, 2013 video.

More than a year later, Lang’s back on his feet and in “terrific physical condition.”

And he’s determined to help others by climbing 69 flights of stairs in Washington state’s tallest skyscraper, the Columbia Center.

This coming Sunday, Lang and his family will help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in the 28th annual Big Climb.

In a March 14 entry titled, Giving Back on the CaringBridge website, Lang wrote the following:

A lot of people helped me out last year.  The support was incredibly strong and an amazing thing to witness.  It helped me tremendously through out my recovery plus I got a special glimpse of our community.
This year I am participating in the Annual Big Climb to help back the finding of a cure for blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
I will be climbing 69 flights of stairs, 1311 steps and 788 feet of elevation, yikes!  It will be a challenge for me, a good one.  Life is a challenge and we all have our own obstacles.
Last year in January, one day my dad came home from work and asked me what challenges I conquered that day.  I told him I put my socks on.
This year I’m going to conquer the Columbia Tower!
And with all our help maybe one day we humans can conquer blood cancer!

Lang and about a dozen family and friends are all participating in the Big Climb as the team, “Movers and Shakers.”

They’ve already raised $17,335 in donations, surpassing their goal of $14,000.

Lang’s mother, Tracey Lang, says the opportunity for making a donation continues through Sunday.

When it comes down to it, Lang says, it’s all about “paying it forward” by helping others after so many have helped him.

You can learn much more about Timmothy Lang’s story in the following audio interview recorded early this evening.

March 18, 2014 phone interview with Timmothy Lang (run time 17:30)

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2-year-old girl airlifted to Harborview after rollover crash on SR 530

Updated: March 15, 9:50 pm PST

(Arlington, WA)  A 2 year-old girl was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after a single vehicle, rollover crash on SR 530 late this morning.

Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington State Patrol says the child’s injuries are not life threatening.

The Herald (Everett) reports that a 27 year-old Marysville man was driving the Honda Civic, and that he was treated for injuries at Cascade Valley Hospital, then released.

Trooper Francis also tweeted, “Alcohol/drugs not a factor.”

The highway was temporarily closed around noon when the Airlift helicopter landed to receive the patient.

The crash happened near milepost 43 and Swede Heaven Rd, an area on the outskirts of Arlington.

The location is about six miles west of Darrington.

Jaimie Mason lives on Swede Heaven Road and provided the photos that appear in this story.





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Man killed in lawn mower accident at Tulalip golf course


Update:  Golf pro killed in lawn-mower accident identified / The Herald (Everett), March 18, 2014

Emergency response vehicles at the Battle Creek golf course on Friday afternoon.
Emergency response vehicles at the Battle Creek golf course on Friday afternoon.

(Tulalip) A man has reportedly died due to an accident involving a lawn mower at the Battle Creek Golf Course early this afternoon.

The man’s name has not yet been released.

A person at the front gate of the property told  that he was waiting for the coroner to arrive.  That man at the front gate was in a golf cart and appeared to be an employee at the course.

Yet unconfirmed reports say the accident happened on the 13th fairway.

According to The Herald (Everett):

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies believe that the lawn mower could have flipped over and landed on top of the man, agency spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. appeared to have the first cameras on the scene.  The live coverage was recorded and can be viewed below.

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VIDEO: Granite Falls house fire under investigation



Fire Chief Travis Hots provided numerous insights about the fire in an on-camera interview with
Fire Chief Travis Hots provided numerous insights about the fire in an on-camera interview with

(Granite Falls, WA) The cause of a fire that that gutted a Granite Falls area home Thursday afternoon is under investigation.

Fire Chief Travis Hots of Snohomish County Fire Districts 21 & 22 told that no one was home when the fire broke-out around 4pm on the 19,800 block of Silverton Way.

Hots said a man, woman and young child  live at the home, adding that the man and woman arrived at the scene after firefighters had been battling the fire for about 30-minutes.

The American Red Cross was also at the location, offering shelter to the family.

A Red Cross representative told that the family also “has insurance.”

Firefighters from Granite Falls, Arlington, Lake Stevens, Getchell and Lake Roesiger fought the fire.

Many more details about the fire are addressed by Hots in the nearly 6-minute long video appearing in this story.

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Early morning deli fire closes Edmonds Way

VIDEO:  Interview with witness.  B-roll of scene
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Mindy Woods says she first heard 3 explosions, then looked out her window and saw the fire across the street.  Woods says she called 911 right away.
Mindy Woods lives across the street from Mike’s Deli-Mart. She says called 911 after hearing 5 explosions and seeing the fire erupt.

(Edmonds, WA)  A popular neighborhood deli caught fire in Edmonds early this morning.

No one was injured in the fire at Mike’s Deli-Mart at 23221 Edmonds Way.

Mindy Woods lives across the street at the Edmonds Highlights apartments.

In an on-camera interview with, Woods describes hearing 5 explosions, and witnessing the fire grow.

Woods says she called 911.

Edmonds Way was closed due to the 2-alarm fire.

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