EVERETT -- The driver of a 1969 Corvette involved in an incident with an SUV in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Everett Mall lost control of her car, veered off the highway and slammed into tree Friday, killing herself and critically injuring her 31-year-old passenger, the Washington State Patrol said.
However, reports of racing being a factor have been denied by her father, who says he was just a few cars behind her vehicle when the crash occurred.
The woman who was killed was identified as Jourdan Bradley, 24, of Everett. She was a registered nurse at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.
The driver of the white SUV fled the area and the vehicle is being sought by police.
Bradley's passenger, Phillip Chumley, 31, of Everett, was listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center on Saturday night, upgraded from critical.
The Washington State Patrol said both Bradley and Chumley were ejected from the Corvette upon impact. The force of the crash cut the car in two.
The State Patrol said in its accident report that witnesses said that the Corvette was racing a white SUV on I-5 at Milepost 188 when it veered off the highway and plowed into a tree.
However, Bradley's father, Mike Bradley, says that Jordan was not racing when the crash happened. Bradley said that he was following a few cars behind his daughter and saw the SUV swerve towards the Corvette. He said that she lost control trying to avoid the SUV and crashed. He believes that those who told investigators that she was racing the SUV weren't telling the truth or decided that because she was driving the Corvette, racing must have been involved.
According to Mike Bradley, he was helping his daughter move furniture to the home she had just purchased when the crash happened. He said that Bradley and Chumley had been dating for a short time before the crash. He says his prayers are with Chumley as he recovers from his injuries.
Jourdan Bradley was an organ donor, her father said, and others will benefit from her decision soon.