Kent man dies in wrong-way crash on Highway 18 |Update: Man identified

Sunday night near Hobart

A 50-year-old Kent man died in a wrong-way, head-on crash Sunday night on Highway 18, just east of Hobart.

Vasyl Malishchuk died from multiple blunt force injury, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Malishchuk was driving at about 9:46 p.m. in the westbound lanes when a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old Maple Valley man came the wrong direction eastbound in the westbound lanes and the two vehicles collided, according to a Washington State Patrol report. Malishchuk died at the scene. Paramedics transported the Maple Valley man to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue.

The vehicle driven by the Maple Valley man came to rest suspended on a guardrail, partially blocking a lane in each direction. The crash blocked the roadway for nearly four hours.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved, according to the State Patrol. The driver is under investigation for vehicular homicide.

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