KELSO, Wash. – A 21-year-old is being extradited from Arizona, suspected of causing a deadly crash on Interstate 5 southbound near Kelso on April 7.
Witnesses said that Enrico Tipton, 21, was speeding at more than 100 mph in his Chevy Camaro when he crashed into a Ford pickup. The collision caused the truck to roll; a Castle Rock resident later died of their injuries and three others inside the pickup were hurt.
Tipton was not hurt in the crash.
Washington State Patrol confirmed that Camaro’s crash data retrieval report showed it was going over 130 mph just before the collision.
Troopers say Tipton’s blood alcohol content level was about .06, according to a report from The Daily News, and agreed with witness statements that he was driving too fast. He was released at the scene and was told he could face charges for the crash.
Several days later, the Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office filed a vehicular homicide charge against Tipton. He was arrested on a warrant in Maricopa County on April 18.
Washington State Patrol is working to extradite Tipton back to Washington, according to Trooper Will Finn.