Carnation woman injured in accident that kills two others

COVINGTON - A Carnation woman was improving Monday, Sept. 23, a day after she was involved in a head-on traffic accident in Covington that killed two men.

Washington State Patrol officers identified the men as Glenn A. Whitham, 42, of Seattle, and Kurtis A. Shlegel, 42, of Snohomish.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, Whitham was driving a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo that crossed the center line of State Route 18 at Southeast Wax Road and hit a 1997 GMC pickup truck towing a horse trailer, Trooper Monica Hunter said.

Shlegel was driving the truck that belongs to his girlfriend, who was riding in the passenger seat, according to police. She survived the accident.

Whitham and Shlegel died at the scene.

Medics airlifted Carnation resident Karen C. Standefer, 47, to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was in satisfactory condition Monday with a collarbone fracture, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said.

Doctors were still examining Standefer to determine whether she has an abdominal injury.

One of the two horses riding in the trailer died. King County Animal Control officers responded to care for the horses until staff could talk with Standefer or her relatives.

The surviving horse was injured and was taken to a facility in Enumclaw, said Ben Leifer, King County Animal Control manager.

The accident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and blocked the highway for several hours while troopers investigated.

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