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Mercer Island man, 20, charged in fatal wrong-way crash on I-90

One person was killed in this wrong-way crash on Interstate 90 on March 11, 2018, in Seattle. (Photo: Washington State Patrol)

SEATTLE -- A 20-year-old Mercer Island man who allegedly went the wrong way on Interstate 90 near downtown Seattle and collided with another car has been charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving.

Court documents say investigators believe the man, Alexander Chung, had been drinking before the crash, which occurred early in the morning on March 11. His car was going the wrong way on I-90, hit the jersey barrier, then crashed head-on into a car driven by Mohamed S. Al-Hethail. Al-Hethail, 25, of Issaquah, was killed instantly.

Chung, a Seattle University student, told police he had been playing video games with college friends at a dorm room and was heading home. He apparently didn't realized he was going the wrong way on the freeway, court documents say.

At Harborview Medical Center, he told a trooper that he had one drink.

Blood was drawn for an alcohol test, but those results aren't in the court documents.

But court documents say Detective John Ford with the Washington State Patrol believes Chung was impaired.

"During the recorded interview, Detective Ford noted obvious signs of impairment by alcohol. Chung had blood-shot and watery eyes, his face was flush, his speech was slurred and had an odor of intoxicants from his breath. It was obvious Chung was impaired by intoxicants," court documents say.


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