Woman crashes car into house

July 1, 2011

A 38-year-old Newcastle woman crashed her 1999 Lexus sedan into the back of a house in the 7400 block of 117th Avenue Southeast just before 1:35 p.m. June 23.

The woman turned left into a private driveway and then accelerated, smashing through a fence, racing down an embankment and crashing into the house, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Urquhart said.

The crash did not break through the wall of the house, but it still caused significant damage, he said.

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Two injured in State Route 520 crash

April 26, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011

Two Newcastle residents were injured in a hit and run crash on State Route 520 just west of 84th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue just before 12:30 p.m. April 23.

Stephen Whistom, 53, and Nina Whistom, 56, were driving westbound on the highway in a 2007 Mercedes SL55 when a person driving a 1992 Acura Integra hit their car, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both cars slammed in the jersey barrier, and the driver of the Acura fled the scene on foot. Stephen and Nina Whistrom were both taken to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle where they were treated and released.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash. The age and sex of the Acura driver is not known, and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Newcastle woman sentenced for Preston crash

February 4, 2011

The driver responsible for a devastating crash near Preston in December 2009 has been sentenced to six months in a work-release facility on a vehicular assault charge stemming from the incident.

Meanwhile, the other driver in the Interstate 90 crash continues a long recovery from life-threatening injuries.

Washington State Patrol The remains of a Honda Civic rest alongside Interstate 90 after a December 2009 crash. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police said the intoxicated driver, 54-year-old Newcastle resident Janet Bumgardner, had a cocktail of drugs — oxycodone, morphine, a prescription sleeping aid and over-the-counter allergy medication — in her system at the time of the crash. Washington State Patrol investigators also discovered red wine in a travel mug inside her silver Acura.

King County Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie handed down the sentence Jan. 7. Bumgardner, who pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in late November, has a long history of drunken driving convictions, plus convictions for disorderly conduct, malicious mischief and telephone harassment, court documents state.

The state Department of Corrections said she is scheduled to serve the sentence at the Helen B. Ratcliff Work Release house in Seattle. Bumgardner must also pay $2,612 in court costs and fees. The sentence prohibits her from contacting the other driver for 10 years and requires her to be under community custody for a year after the work-release term ends.

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