Former bus driver cited in fatal Enumclaw crash
A former King County Metro bus driver who was involved in a head-on collision in April that killed a man in Enumclaw was cited Tuesday with...
A former King County Metro bus driver who was involved in a head-on collision in April that killed a man in Enumclaw was cited Tuesday with negligent driving by the State Patrol.
Sandie Olosky must pay the $250 fine or contest the misdemeanor charge in King County District Court by Dec. 26, according to Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The office had previously said there was not enough evidence to support a felony charge against Olosky.
Olosky was fired from Metro in October after the transit company determined that the crash, which killed 21-year-old Michael Dahlquist, could have been prevented.
On April 17, Olosky was driving a Metro bus on Highway 164 when she swerved into oncoming lanes to avoid hitting a vehicle that had slowed. The bus hit that vehicle before colliding with a pickup driven by Dahlquist, who died at the scene.
The State Patrol determined Olosky had realized too late that the vehicle in front of her was slowing down.
New School Board votes on leaders
Cheryl Chow will remain president of the Seattle School Board for another year, and Michael DeBell will serve as the board's vice-chair. Wednesday was the first meeting of Seattle's new School Board majority, and the new members voted to retain Chow and DeBell as their leaders.
Chow, a former member of the Seattle City Council, was elected to the board along with DeBell in 2005.
Four newcomers — Sherry Carr, Peter Maier, Steve Sundquist and Harium Martin-Morris — won elections last month to make up a new majority on the seven-member board. They will each serve a four-year term.
Sundquist, who nominated Chow for another term, said the board would benefit from her experienced leadership during a time of transition. Chow praised DeBell for his thoughtful approach and growth as a board member since his election.
The board also selected Maier to serve as its member at large. Maier will serve on the board's executive committee along with Chow and DeBell.
New truck lane to relieve congestion
A new truck lane at the Canadian border opened Wednesday, six months ahead of schedule.
The new lane, on Highway 543, changes a two-lane highway into a five-lane roadway with designated lanes for cars and trucks, and a new overpass.
"These improvements will dramatically relieve congestion and keep freight moving at the nation's fourth busiest U.S.-Canada commercial crossing," said Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond of the $49 million project.
The new designated Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lane allows pre-approved commercial drivers to skip long lines and quickly cross the border, saving time and money.
More than 700,000 trucks use Highway 543 every year, and it is estimated that before the improvements were made, congestion cost trucking companies $22 million annually. Trucks routinely backed up more than a mile from the border.
The 2003 Legislature advanced funding to complete this project before the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia.
Hemstad remains winner after recount
After a certified machine recount of the race for board commissioner of Renton's Valley Medical Center, first-time candidate Anthony Hemstad remains the winner.
For two days, King County elections staff manually sorted and recounted 55,860 ballots. Hemstad received 21, 215 votes, while 21,107 were counted for incumbent Carole Anderson. There were 144 write-in ballots.
There were 13,390 undervotes and four overvotes. An undervote is when a voter chooses not to vote on a race; an overvote is when the voter selects two candidates.
In this state, a machine recount is required if the difference between the top two candidates is fewer than 2,000 votes, and less than one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast for the candidates.
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