Sequim woman accused of attempted murder

Allegedly drives over hill with two kids

SEQUIM — A 44-year-old Sequim woman is being held in the Clallam County jail on $2 million bail on two charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Ekaterina Alekseevna Parrish drove herself and her two children over a hillside in Sequim’s Bell Hill neighborhood on Nov. 29, according to a probable cause statement.

She was booked on Tuesday afternoon after she had been discharged from a Seattle hospital.

No court date had been set.

Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a 9-1-1 report of a one-vehicle rollover at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 29 in the 200 block of Hillside Drive, according to the statement.

Two boys reported they had been in a vehicle rollover and didn’t know where they were, the statement said.

One of them told the dispatcher “his mother intentionally drove their car off the roadway and down a steep hill not meant for motor vehicular traffic to kill herself and kill them in the process,” the statement said.

The boys got themselves out of the vehicle and were taken to a nearby house to get warm, the statement said. Both had minor injuries, according to the statement. One was 9 years old; the age of the other was not reported.

Multiple airbags deployed in the car and Parrish had “obvious deep self-inflicted lacerations to both of her inner wrists, which were bleeding profusely,” according to the probable cause statement.

A neighbor told Deputy Eric Morris that when he first arrived to help, Parrish told him, “He’s going to take my kids.”

Parrish and her husband, Gary Dean Parrish, have been involved in divorce proceedings since Jan. 28, 2021, according to Clallam County court records.

Morris noticed a small, fixed blade knife about 4 to 6 inches long and a black plastic knife sheath covered in blood in the center console, the probable cause statement said.

The car went over the hill and through two fences before it landed nose-first in the roadway, then continued down the hill, going airborne and nose-dived into Scotch broom and heavy shrub, according to the statement, which said it appeared to have barrel-rolled and ended on all four tires.

Parrish was taken to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles where it was determined her wrist injuries were so significant that she had to be transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for further treatment and surgeries.

Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said Tuesday afternoon that Parrish was discharged Monday morning and then taken to the Clallam County jail.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at brian.gawley@soundpublishing.com.

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