Former Redmond police chief, teen boy killed in head-on crash

Former Redmond police chief, teen boy killed in head-on crash
Former Redmond Police Chief Steven Harris. (Photo: Redmond Police Department.)
REDMOND, Wash. -- A former Redmond police chief and a 16-year-old boy were killed in a head-on crash in Redmond Sunday night. The former chief's wife was critically injured and is being treated at a Seattle hospital.

Troopers say the crash happened around 10 p.m. along Redmond-Fall City Road at 244th Ave. NE. The 16-year-old driver of a pickup truck was heading east when he struck a westbound Ford Explorer driven by 68-year-old Steven Harris, investigators said. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Harris' 68-year-old wife was injured and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition. Troopers say she was extremely difficult to get out from the mangled wreckage.

"It was pretty awful," said Bridget Walsh who was at the crash scene. "I get here at 4:15 in the morning and the road was closed and they pulled out two cars on flatbeds and they were crushed. So I wasn't thinking anyone had survived it."

The driver of a third car that was struck in the crash's aftermath wasn't seriously injured.

Steven Harris was Redmond's police chief for 28 years before retiring in 2009.

The investigation and cleanup left Redmond-Fall City Road closed at the crash scene for the entire night. The roadway reopened just before 6 a.m.

Troopers are still investigating what exactly led up to the crash.