Snoqualmie man killed in car crash on state Route 18
July 14, 2011
A Snoqualmie man died Wednesday night on state Route 18 near Preston after stopping to help a pair of stranded motorists.
The 65-year-old man, Ronald Reinhardt, was driving westbound in a black Subaru Impreza when he pulled over to help two people whose pickup had broken down.
A 47-year-old woman from Enumclaw, Cheryl Bach, got into the Snoqualmie man’s Subaru, which was stopped on the road’s shoulder.
He started to make a u-turn, but turned “directly into the path of a semi truck also traveling westbound,” according to Trooper Julie Startup, of the Washington State Patrol.
The semi hit the Subaru on the driver’s side, killing Reinhardt and pushing the car off the road.
Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to the crash.
Bach was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she died from her injuries.
The semi truck’s driver, a 45-year-old man from Yakima, was not injured.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the collision.