Victim's mother relieved drunk driving suspect is behind bars

Victim's mother relieved drunk driving suspect is behind bars »Play Video
Alfredo Navarro III
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Julie Orestad had just walked into her daughter's room for the first time since the deadly crash that took her daughter's life.

"I went in there and I promised her justice," Orestad said.

Moments later, officers called her to say they had found and arrested the young man accused of causing the collision that claimed three lives and left one person severely injured.

"I just looked at the sky and said 'Megs, here you go. There you go. There it is Megs. They have him,'" she cried.

A tip Friday night led officers to 19-year-old Alfredo Navarro after he showed up at Harborview Medical Center for medical treatment. Navarro was booked into the Skagit County jail.

Police say the man's father had driven him to the hospital.

Navarro is suspected of being intoxicated May 23 when he collided head-on with another vehicle along Highway 20. The driver of that vehicle, 65-year-old Fred Brand was killed.

The two passengers in Navarro's car, 21-year-old Megan Brown and 23-year-old Nicole Washington, died. A third passenger, 22-year-old Quinton Baxter, sustained severe injuries and remains hospitalized.

Navarro was also seriously injured, but checked out of the hospital June 6 without the knowledge of police.

Officers tried to find the teenager at his family's home last Wednesday, but he was not there. A $1 million warrant was then issued for his arrest.

"For him to take my baby girl away from me," said Orestad. "I miss my girl."

Megan's mother is grateful officers found Navarro. She hopes to get a chance to see him face-to-face.

"I get to look him in the eye and let him know what he took from me," she said. "That's my biggest thing. I want him to know how special she was to me and to my family."