Troopers blame racing, drugs for overnight wreck on SR 509

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:


SEATTLE - State troopers are investigating racing and drugs as factors in a bad wreck just after midnight Tuesday on the busy highway between Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. 

One driver is in jail and another is at Harborview and the two work together.

The State Patrol said the two cars, a 2003 Nissan 350Z sport coupe, and a 2000 Daewoo Nubira wagon, were traveling at a high rate of speed heading southbound on SR  509, when the driver of the Nissan,  21-year-old Osbaldo Perez of Seattle, lost control.  

Perez drove up onto the embankment on the right shoulder and then rolled back into the lanes of traffic, where he was hit by 22-year-old Nicholas R. Murphy of Seattle, who was driving the Daewoo.

See photos of the high-speed crash here.

The Nissan flipped and landed on its top.

Perez has several broken bones and internal injuries and was taken to Harborview where he is in the intensive care unit in serious condition.

Murphy was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault.  

 “There is a suspect that was believed to be involved in that racing, in custody now… for the investigation of vehicular assault and drugs are believed to be a factor,” said Trooper Karim Boukabou.

When he was arrested, Murphy was wearing a work shirt and name tag from Krispy Kreme.  Both Murphy and Perez work at the SoDo store. 

A trooper who read the crash report said it was likely the injured driver, Perez, will also face charges, since he played a role in the crash.

Highway 509 southbound was closed south of Cloverdale Street for five hours after the wreck.  It reopened a few minutes past 5 a.m., just in time for the morning commute and all those trips to Sea-Tac Airport.