Child dies in collision

Driver suffered medical emergency, State Patrol said

QUEETS — A 10-year-old girl died and a 12-year-old girl was injured when they were struck by a vehicle after the driver suffered a medical emergency on U.S. Highway 101 about 40 miles south of Forks, the State Patrol said.

A 67-year-old Lake Stevens woman, Charlene S. Bradshaw, was driving northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 153 at about 1 p.m. Monday when she suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness, according to the State Patrol.

Her 2003 Toyota Rav4 drifted onto the shoulder, dipped into an irrigation ditch and hit the two girls, who were standing in a grassy area on a pullout before it returned to the ditch and came to rest, the State Patrol said.

The names of both Queets girls were withheld due to their age.

The 10 year-old-girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, while the 12-year-old girl was initially taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital before being airlifted to Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma, the report said.

The 12-year-old was discharged Monday night from the hospital, said Sgt. Darren Wright, State Patrol public information officer.

Bradshaw was not hurt but was taken to to Grays Harbor Community Hospital as a precaution, according to the State Patrol, who said her car was totally destroyed in the collision.

Possible charges against the driver are still under investigation, Wright said.

The highway was reduced to one lane alternating traffic for six hours.

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Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]

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