Victim in vehicle-pedestrian crash on Ash Way identified

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 60-year-old Rhonda R. Smith as the woman who died in a vehicle-pedestrian crash in unincorporated Lynnwood in May.

Smith was walking in the 17900 block of Ash Way at around 9:30 p.m. May 13 when she was struck by a vehicle. She died at the scene. The vehicle driver was arrested and released after a blood sample was taken, and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said that the driver has been cooperating with the investigation. 

O’Keefe said that detectives are working to determine what caused the crash, if impairment was a contributing factor and if Smith was in the roadway or on the shoulder when she was struck.

  1. She was on the shoulder . she never had a chance . Either way, the driver tried to act like she didn’t hit her . She said it was the person in front of her. Rhonda is gone and will never see her grand child graduate or be with her family ever again. People honk and say they hate the homeless. Total disrespect like her life was nothing. She was a mother and a daughter and a wife and a widow . Now she is gone and people don’t know how deeply her loved ones are effected by her life being carelessly taken from them . Honking will never mean anything more than the people who do it are ignorant and uneducated jerks who can never reach deep enough into the selfless zone to appreciate a life who was just as human as we all are and just as deserving of respect regardless . Homelessness does not define a person or get them a low level of acknowledgment. Homeless live matter . Every life matters.

    1. Please contact me if you know how to get ahold of her relations. We have personal photos/belongings of hers. 360-500-9831 carol

  2. You said it absolutely right!! I saw this memorial today smd it gave me chills. I don’t know if it’s the same car that smashed the rail across from her memorial but they had to have been going fast!! I even said that before reading this article. I’m so sorry about Rhonda. The memorial is beautiful and I’m assuming she was a beautiful person. Like I said it gave me the chills and I felt her presence there. Rest in peace Rhonda

  3. I just saw Rhonda’s memorial while biking home on Ash way today, its almost been a year since she was murdered. There really should be both a bike lane and a sidewalk there, all along ash way. Too many drivers cut the corners really fast and don’t pay attention at night. My grandpa was killed in the same way. My deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.

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