Federal Way man dies in collision on SR 18

Alongside Tiger Mountain State Forest a 62-year-old Federal Way man died in a crash, injuring two others

A Federal Way man was killed in an early morning crash on State Route 18.

At about 4:40 a.m. April 19, a 62-year-old male from Federal Way died in a three-car crash. Four people, ages 34 to 62, were involved in the crash, according to the Washington State Patrol. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Otineru Tinifu.

Two other people involved in the crash were injured and transported to the Swedish Issaquah Campus hospital. Another 57-year-old male from Federal Way was involved in the crash, but was reported to have no injuries.

The third person involved and injured was the driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old male from Dupont, Washington. Alongside the third person involved was the passenger, a 34-year-old male from Shelton, Washington, who was injured.

According to WSP Public Information Officer Rick Johnson, the vehicle one driven by the deceased Federal Way man belonged to King County Accessible Services. Vehicle two was a semi-truck, and vehicle three, driven by the uninjured Federal Way man, was a SUV.

The description of the crash said that vehicle one, driven by the deceased male, was heading westbound on State Route 18 alongside Tiger Mountain State Forest. The crash occurred when vehicle two, driven by the Shelton male, was heading eastbound, and vehicle one, driven by the deceased male, crossed the center line and hit vehicle two head-on. Vehicle three then hit the back of vehicle two, and all three vehicles came to a stop. According to the state patrol, the roadway was blocked for four hours and 23 minutes.

As of April 22, according to Johnson, no others involved in the crash are deceased, and no cause has been found.