Deer Park comes together for crash victims

crash on HWY 395 at Dahl Road in Deer Park


One woman's life was turned upside down earlier this week when she got a phone call from her sister telling her that a family member had passed.

"To say the world is a dimmer place without her is an understatement," said Katy Byrnes.

Lizzie Knudsen and her two little girls were on their way home when they got into a serious car crash in Deer Park.

"It isn’t real yet," Byrnes said.

The red hatchback they were traveling in was totaled, the roof crunched in.

Lizzie died at the scene and her two young girls who were in the back seat wearing seat belts were rushed to the hospital.

"She loved her family... I guess I don't think she would choose anything ever over them," Byrnes said.

Katy says that Lizzie was a devoted mother who would always think of her kids and her husband before herself; that she had an infectious smile that made a room glow.

She had a teaching degree and enjoyed to travel.

“She was an amazing mother, an amazing friend, I don't think that there is anybody else in the world like her,” Byrnes said.

Daughters are still recovering at Sacred Heart.

Mable is in stable condition and Theo is still recovering in the ICU and is in a coma.

The accident is still under investigation. 

The family is raising money for hospital bills and funeral arrangements here:


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Troopers are still investigating a fatal crash on Highway 395 at Dahl Road in Deer Park.

According to troopers on scene, a woman was in a red hatchback car driving northbound on Highway 395 with two small children in the car. A Ford pickup driven by a 16-year-old boy was crossing the highway at Dahl Road when his truck stalled. Troopers say that when the pickup driver got his truck running again, it jolted forward and hit the hatchback.

The woman was pronounced dead on the scene. The pickup driver and the two children were taken to the hospital for medical attention. The conditions of the other driver and the two children are not known as of Tuesday evening.

Troopers do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

No one involved in the crash has been identified by Washington State Patrol.


Washington State Patrol troopers and fire crews were on the scene of a fatal crash on Highway 395 at Dahl Road Tuesday evening.

Trooper Jeff Sevigney with WSP reports the two-car crash was fatal. They ask that drivers avoid the area if possible while the investigation continues.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. We will update you as soon as we have more information confirmed.

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