The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is seeking information from the public regarding a vehicle involved in a fatality collision 26 miles south of Forks Friday night.
The collision occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, on northbound state Route 101 at milepost 175. A silver 2013 Chevrolet Cruze with three occupants was traveling from Aberdeen toward the Forks area before drifting off the roadway, striking trees and a ditch.
The rear passenger, Esau S. Penn, 70, of La Push, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front right passenger, Helen L. Schele, 74, of Forks, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Forks Community Hospital.
The driver, Archie Broome Jr., 54 of Forks, allegedly fled on foot and was later found approximately 100 yards from the scene behind a guardrail.
Broome was transported to Forks Community Hospital for medical clearance. Broome was booked in Jefferson County Jail accused of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and two counts of felony hit and run (death/injury).
The cause of the collision remains under investigation. WSP detectives are seeking any information regarding the vehicle and its occupants prior to the collision. Those with information are asked to contact Detective Jason Roe at (360) 473-0147 or [email protected]
District 8 serves Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.