Authorities identified 23-year-old Haley Terry, a Gold Bar woman, and her husband 23-year-old Haley Terry, an Everett man, as the victims who died after a fiery, head-on crash Thursday on U.S. 2.
The fatal car crash took place at about 12:50 p.m. According to the investigation reports, Haley Terry was driving a Mercedes-Benz ML350 SUV westbound on U.S. 2 when her car swerved off the road to the right. She overcorrected to the left, went over the center line near Sofie Road and collided head-on with a dump truck that was traveling east.
The SUV got engulfed in flames due to the impact. Haley Terry and her husband Xhavier Terry, who was a passenger, died from blunt force injuries at the scene. Fire left no evidence in the Mercedes. The dump truck driver, a 58-year-old Lake Stevens man, was taken to EvergreenHealth Monroe with minimal injuries. He was released after some time.
No charges were expected to be filed. The driver of the truck cooperated with the officers. According to the witnesses, the Mercedes-Benz was moving erratically just before the collision. The speed limit is 55 mph on the section of U.S. 2 near Sofie. Based on skid marks, investigators believe that the dump truck driver applied the brakes and veered to the right.
Officers believe that the SUV driver was at fault for the crash. The husband and wife were reportedly not wearing seatbelts at that time. Toxicology results will confirm if drugs or alcohol were involved and it could take months, officials stated.
The incident remains under review.
November 24, 2021