Crash claims girl, 9

WOODINVILLE - A 9-year-old North Bend girl was killed and her mother is in serious condition in a Seattle hospital after the woman allegedly shoplifted more than $250 worth of groceries Saturday from an Albertson's store on Woodinville-Duvall Road.

Following the reported shoplifting incident, which took place about 1:50 p.m., store employees chased Anita M. Durrett and her daughter, Ladawna M. Durrett, as their car headed north to Snohomish County. The mother reportedly crashed the car into a tree just across the Snohomish-King County line, killing the girl.

Ladawna Durrett was wearing a seat belt, but had been partially thrown from the station wagon, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the daughter died from severe head injuries.

As of Tuesday, Anita M. Durrett, was listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. The 41-year-old woman suffered head and chest injuries, as well as a spinal fracture in the crash, she said.

Neighbors at a previous address listed for the Durretts in North Bend said the family moved away about two years ago, planning to relocate to another part of the city. They said Ladawna Durrett was the woman's only child.

King County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said Anita Durrett left the Albertson's store with two Styrofoam coolers filled with groceries, which were valued at $266.16. He said that qualified the alleged shoplifting incident as felony second-degree theft.

Anita Durrett crashed her 1978 Ford LTD just after 2 p.m. Saturday at 24132 75th Ave. S.E. in Snohomish County.

Two Albertson's clerks tailed her several miles from the supermarket at 14019 Woodinville-Duvall Road, following her car north on 156th Avenue Northeast, State Trooper Shawn Berry said.

Berry said it is not unusual for store employees to tail shoplifters. Though the employees followed Anita Durrett for several miles, they told troopers they did not witness the accident, he added.

Berry said the cars were not involved in a high-speed chase, but a witness said the mother was driving at least 70 mph before she lost control of the station wagon.

A police report on the accident noted that the road was wet. State troopers said there were no signs that alcohol played a factor in the crash.

The two Woodinville Albertson's clerks and a supervisor are on paid administrative leave while the Boise, Idaho-based grocery chain investigates the matter.

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