The family of a 42-year-old woman seriously injured in a crash last week in Milton that killed her friend has released a statement to the media.
Holly Mattson was hurt and Douglas Simmons III, a 40-year-old Fife resident, was killed the night of July 26 when a woman being pursued by Federal Way police plowed into their vehicle. The 36-year-old Auburn woman also was seriously injured and is undergoing treatment at Harborview Medical Center.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash at the intersection of Porter Way and Pacific Highway East in Milton. The Auburn woman was allegedly traveling at speeds up to 80 miles per hour as she attempted to elude a pursuing Federal Way officer when the collision occurred.
The State Patrol was looking into whether drugs or alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash. Charges have not yet been filed in the deadly crash.
Here’s part of the statement from Mattson’s family:
Ms. Mattson, a civilian, was brought to Madigan as part of the Tacoma Trauma Trust, a unique partnership that ensures expert trauma care is available 24 hours a day in Pierce County and the South Puget Sound region. She is currently in fair condition …
The Mattson family sincerely extends our deepest condolences to the Simmons family for their loss in this tragic and senseless event.
Further, the Mattson’s understand the decisions and actions of [the driver] do not necessarily reflect the character and values of other … family members.
Finally, the Mattson family wishes to thank everyone who has offered support and kept Holly in their prayers. It is most comforting and appreciated!