• Family says driver killed on I-5 was not racing before wreck

    By: Natasha Chen

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    EVERETT, Wash. - A woman was killed in an Interstate 5 crash in Everett Friday afternoon.

    The crash happened at 1:25 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-5 at milepost 189 near Everett Mall.

    Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis said witnesses described a white Chevy SUV or pickup with a canopy racing a Corvette before the crash.

    The Corvette then crashed into a tree.

    Troopers said the driver of the Corvette, 24-year-old Jourdan Bradley of Everett, died at the scene. A 31-year-old passenger, Phillip Chumley, was taken to Harborview Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

    The driver’s father, Mark Bradley, said he was driving behind his daughter, helping to transport a leather couch to her new house in Everett.

    “She was probably eight car lengths ahead of me. And all of a sudden, I just didn’t see her,” he said.

    He said he saw some blue fiberglass debris in the road, but didn’t think anything of it until he arrived at the house and didn’t see her.

    Bradley said he drove back and saw the wreck.

    Witnesses told troopers the other vehicle stopped, backed up, looked at the scene and drove away.

    Bradley believes that car may have cut off his daughter’s Corvette.

    He and her friends told KIRO 7 Jourdan Bradley was an extremely cautious driver. She was a nurse, who frequently reminded friends to drive carefully.

    “She was always telling me, dad, all these guys are always wanting to race me, because I’m in the Corvette.' And she would kind of laugh at it. She did not race her car. Her car was her baby,” he said.

    Friends and family said she saved up money her whole life to buy this dream car. They said she would never risk damaging it.

    “She was just the world’s biggest sweetheart. Everybody loved her. She just loved her job; loved life,” Bradley said.

    Anyone with information on the crash or has seen the fleeing vehicle can call detectives at 360-654-1141.

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