Witnesses sought in hit and run that leaves two dead
One of deceased identified as a Snohomish man
Last updated 3/2/2021 at 2:06pm
Editor’s note: Anyone with information on the incident can contact the Washington State Patrol at 425-923-6244 or [email protected]
One of the two dead from a hit-and-run collision in Bothell last week is from Snohomish.
The deceased were identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office as Carson M. Cox, 32, and Sara L. Fox-Heath, 39.
Cox was from Snohomish and Fox-Heath from Seattle. The two were walking before they were struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Nellis Road and State Route 524. According to a news release from the Washington State Patrol, the vehicle stopped briefly, then drove away.
The ME determined the accidental deaths were caused by blunt force injuries.
Alec Gajdos, 27, is charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run in connection with the case, the WSP news release states. Detectives are looking for witnesses to the collision and anyone who may have seen the vehicle driving or the pedestrians walking in the area. If someone witnessed anything likely connected in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, they are asked to contact the WSP.
In the incident, investigators report a vehicle was traveling westbound on State Route 524 before it collided with two people at the intersection of Nellis Road. Later that day, Gajdos was arrested and charged in connection with both deaths. The suspect told investigators he was on his way to work when he believed he struck a garbage can, according to the WSP news release.
Investigators say he stopped briefly after the impact, then continued on to work. The vehicle that struck and killed Cox and Fox-Heath was a silver Chevrolet Malibu, traveling westbound. Troopers say Gajdos was the driver. Trooper and public information officer for the state patrol, Rocky Oliphant, said there was fairly substantial damage to the Chevrolet Malibu on the right front and right side of the windshield. He said Gajdos was the driver for the Malibu, when Troopers arrested him.
On a Facebook page that bears his name, a Jan. 25 post has a wordless 19-second video posted with what appears to be the same Malibu. Another post has a meme that talked about making excuses to parents about “why I can’t get off drugs.”
According KIRO 7 News, Gajdos had a meth pipe in his pocket, confessed to smoking marijuana at about 1 a.m. the morning of the collision, and using meth two days prior.
Not yet available is information on whether the vehicle was registered to Gajdos and what plea was entered.
The day of Feb. 19 after completing his shift at work, Gajdos was on his way to his Bothell home, and he stopped at a gas station, the news release said. State troopers were at the gas station reviewing surveillance video footage and noticed the vehicle with substantial damage. Gajdos was detained and questioned. He was later booked into the Snohomish County Jail for two counts of felony hit-and-run.
The suspect’s plea has been requested but was not available from the prosecutor’s office at press time.