Possible owner of road debris steps up

| 8/16/2004

A trucking company owner says a piece of flying metal debris that struck a 55-year-old Washington state woman while she was driving in the Seattle area last week may have come from one of his trucks.

State Patrol spokeswoman Kelly Spangler told local media the business owner, whom she declined to identify, thought the seven-pound leaf spring might have come from one of his trailers. The piece sliced through Babe Watson’s windshield and struck her in the face on Highway 202 at 361st Southeast near Fall City, WA.

Spangler said the business supplied some evidence to compare with the leaf spring found near the site of the accident. It will take about a month for forensic experts to test the parts for a match, she said.

The matter is not being pursued as a criminal case.

Watson was listed in serious condition at a Seattle-area hospital. Watson’s children said the business owner coming forward would allow them to move on and concentrate on helping their mother heal, The Seattle Times reported.