One Dead, 2 Hurt in Morning Crash on SR 16

A 44-year-old Good Samaritan was killed this morning on SR-16 after being struck at the collision scene.

Editor’s note: Following information was provided by the Washington State Patrol.

A Good Samaritan who got out of her vehicle to help a total stranger involved in a collision was killed scene. The Washington State Patrol later identified the woman as Regina Mills, 44, of Everett.

Just after 5 a.m. WSP Communications began taking calls for multi single vehicle collisions on State Route 16 at Burnham Drive. Trooper Maxwell Criss, a 3 year veteran of The Washington State Patrol responded to that location and found multiple vehicles off the roadway. Trooper Criss parked his patrol car on the right shoulder and exited it to assist the drivers involved. 

A motorcyclist then lost control, and laid his bike down in the right lane. Mills, who was driving through the collision scene stopped, parked her vehicle behind Trooper Criss’s patrol car, and exited it to help a man whose motorcycle was on its side in the roadway. 

Trooper Criss, Mills and the motorcyclist were all standing on the right shoulder off the roadway. A pick-up truck approaching the collision scene lost control and struck a vehicle forcing it to strike the 3 of them on the shoulder. Trooper Criss sustained injuries to his knee and shoulder along with facial lacerations, the motorcyclist received minor injuries, and tragically, Mills, who stopped to help was killed.

"I speak on behalf of the entire Washington State Patrol when I say (Mill's) bravery and selfless actions will never be forgotten," wrote Trooper Guy Gill.


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