Pullman driver involved in fatal reckless driving crash


by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News and Associated Press


Posted on April 25, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 25 at 7:17 AM

SEATTLE - The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses in a fatal wreck on Highway 18 in Western Washington that involved a Pullman driver.

State Trooper Julie Startup said a red Ford Probe and a green Toyota Celica were both heading west on State Route 18, and were both seen driving recklessly right before the crash just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

Startup said 26-year-old Mine Her of Pullman and 39-year-old Frank Willing of Tacoma were driving recklessly on Highway 18 when Her pulled onto the right shoulder and lost control.

Startup said Her was the Celica driver and attempted to pass traffic on the right shoulder when he lost control and traveled across all the lanes of the road, colliding head-on with an oncoming SUV.

Startup says Her is likely to be charged when he's released from a hospital.

The couple in the SUV was driving to get Easter candy for their children. Trung Ngo, 36, died from his injuries.  His wife, Cheuk Chann, was injured but released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

"I really hope she has a speedy recovery and the kids get through this," said neighbor Misty Reed.  "It's going to be a real hard time for them."

The Probe driver, Frank Wiling, was arrested after the crash.  He had a 10-year-old son in the car, but that child has already been treated for minor injuries.  Wiling has a long criminal history, which includes driving violations.  
At last check, Her was still being treated for serious injuries at Harborview Medical Center.  He could also be charged in the crash. 

Investigators said it's unclear if the two cars were racing or if the drivers even knew each other.

"Regardless of whether or not they knew each other, did they have some kind-of interaction? Were they angry with each other or were they both just in too big of a hurry?" Startup asked.

If you saw the vehicles or the collision you are asked to contact Detective Ruth Medeiros at (425) 401-7719.