Pedestrian killed in Auburn rollover crash

AUBURN, Wash. — Police say a driver was speeding down Auburn Way South when he struck and killed a pedestrian in front of the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn.

At about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, an Auburn police officer was in the 3600 block of Auburn Way South when he was called to a burglary in progress.

An SUV that happened to be in front of the officer, who had activated his patrol car's lights, did not yield to the officer, but instead accelerated at a high rate of speed heading westbound, according to Auburn police.

Investigators say the officer did not accelerate to chase the SUV and didn't know why the driver was speeding away.

At about the 2500 block, the SUV lost control, left the road and hit a woman on the sidewalk.  She died at the scene. The SUV flipped over and landed on a car parked in the lot at the Muckleshoot Casino.




The driver was thrown from the vehicle. A check by police revealed that the 35-year-old man has an outstanding Department of Corrections escape warrant for first-degree manslaughter.

The driver of the SUV has serious injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The King County Medical Examiner identified the pedestrian as 44-year-old Rachella Partman.

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