UPDATE: Drugs Or Alcohol Suspected in Bothell Fatal Car Accident

There is new information on the Bothell fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 63-year-old Everett man.

According to police, the at-fault-driver in the Bothell fatal car accident last week admitted to injecting heroin and smoking marijuana shortly before the crash. Witnesses have stated that 31-year-old Dane M. Smith was driving his 2006 Honda Accord erratically down Southbound on Highway 527 in Bothell when he crossed the center lane and struck a 1991 Buick LeSabre head on. The 63-year-old man driving the Buick, Gale T. Arnold, died at the scene of the accident from his extensive injuries.  After stricking the Buick, Smith’s vehicle spun out of control, sideswiped another vehicle and landed up-side-down on the road.

According to the tropper at the scene of the accident Smith admitted to using heroine and marijuana before the fatal car accident and drug paraphernalia was also found inside the wrecked vehicle. Smith has not been formerly charged in the accident, but it is expected he will face vehicular homicide charges.

Our thoughts go to the friends and family of Gale T. Arnold as they deal with this tragic loss.


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