A 35-year-old Walla Walla mother remains in critical condition and her son suffered a possible broken jaw after a street racing car slammed into them.
Andrea L. Lowe was pulling out of the Chevron station on Isaacs Avenue in Walla Walla on Wednesday when her Chevrolet Malibu was struck by an eastbound Volvo, driven at a high rate of speed by Kamden T. Knaus, 26, of Walla Walla, Walla Walla police said.
Knaus was reportedly racing a Honda Civic driven by Rick Placencia-Torres, 20, of College Place, police said.
Witnesses reported speeds of about 60 mph leading up to the collision, police said. The posted speed limit in this area is 30 mph.
Never miss a local story.
Placencia-Torres had been stopped by a Walla Walla police officer about an hour prior to the crash and cited for an equipment violation.
Lowe suffered severe internal injuries and a broken pelvis when Knaus’ car struck the driver’s side of hers.
She was flown to Seattle for emergency surgery. Her 10-year-old son was in the front seat on the passenger side. He suffered a possible broken jaw and was treated and later released at a local hospital.
Knaus was arrested and is being held on two counts of vehicular assault. There were two passengers in his car: Zachary T. Hill, 27, and Heidi N. Nelson, 18.
Nelson was taken to a local hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
Placencia-Torres told police he able to avoid the collision as he had slowed down prior to the impact, police said.
Additional charges may be sought, police said.