2 dead, 4 hurt when tree falls onto car at Stevens Pass


December 21, 2012

Two people were killed and four others in the same family were injured when their SUV was struck by a falling tree near Stevens Pass on Friday afternoon, the Washington State Patrol said.

Timothy Owen, 58, of Bothell was driving a 1999 Chevy Suburban in the eastbound lane when the large tree fell around 1:20 p.m., troopers said. Owen and his wife, Cheryl Reed Owen, 56, were killed. 

Two women and two men in the car, all in their 20s, were hurt and taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

The four were identified as Jeremy M. Owen, 22; Jamie Owen Mayer, 24; Steven T. Mayer, 24; and Jessica J. Owen. All were children of the couple who died, friends of the family said.

Two of them, Jamie and Steven, were later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Jeremy was treated and released from Central Washington Hospital, and Jessica remains there in critical but stable condition.