I-5 crash kills 2 girls

Rear-end traffic collision causes 9-mile backup
By Brian Soergel | Feb 08, 2017
Courtesy of: Savyon Wallace Amiyah Johnson, left, and Yesterday Wallace were killed Friday, Feb. 3, in a car crash on I-5 near 164th Street SW.

An Olympic View Middle School sixth-grader and her 2-year-old cousin were killed Feb. 3 in a three-car collision on northbound Interstate 5, just south of the 164th Street SW overpass in Lynnwood.

Amiyah Johnson, 12, was pronounced dead at the scene in spite of the efforts of emergency responders, who performed CPR.

Yesterday Wallace, who was transported to Harborview Medical Center, was revived multiple times, but died after surgery at 9:20 p.m., said her mother, Emily Dick.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the crash – which happened shortly after 3:15 p.m. – caused a 9-mile backup.

Amiyah and Yesterday were riding in a 2000 Nissan Quest minivan driven by 43-year-old Danny Ivy of Marysville. Also in the car was Ivy’s ex-wife, 39-year-old Melissa Dick, who is Emily Dick’s sister and mother to Amiya and two sons, 7-year-old Jo Deutong and 5-year-old Marcus Deutong, who were also in the van.

The van was following a 2006 Chrysler 3000 driven by 52-year-old Elizabeth Abuan. When both slowed for traffic, a Ford F250 pickup driven by 51-year-old Todd Brown rear-ended the van, which pushed it into the Chrysler, according to the state patrol.

Ivy and Melissa Dick were taken to Providence Hospital in Everett with injuries. Neither Brown nor Abuan was injured.

According to Emily Dick, Jo Deutong suffered a broken leg and underwent emergency bladder surgery. His brother suffered a shattered pelvis and many broken bones.

“Both will be in wheelchairs and at Harborview for the next six weeks at least,” Emily Dick said. “Then they will need to learn to walk again.”

Ronald Savyon Wallace, Yesterday’s father, created a GoFundMe account Feb. 4 to help with expenses. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, the fund had more than $18,700 in contributions from some 352 people. The goal is $30,000. Click here to make a donation.

“Until we meet again,” Wallace wrote in an email to the Beacon. “You will always be momma’s best friend and daddy's li’l girl."

A celebration of life for both Amiyah and Yesterday begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Bethany Christian Assembly, 2715 Everett Ave. in Everett.

Following the ceremony and Amiyah’s burial at Cypress Hill Cemetery in Everett, family and friends will gather at the beach in Mukilteo, where they will release balloons and lanterns.

Mukilteo Beacon editor Nicholas Johnson contributed to this report.

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