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Name: Frederick David Russell
Age at time of accident: 22
Student:  Criminal-justice major at WSU.  His father, Greg, was chairman of the department.

Crash Details: Russell was traveling east on 270, about 90 mph, when he sideswiped two other cars before crashing into a 1978 Cadillac with 6 WSU students inside.  Three students died.  Three more were seriously hurt.  Earlier, Russell and a friend were seen drinking at a Pullman bar.

Russell's Injuries:  Russell had minor injuries. 

Russell's Blood Alcohol Level: Washington State Patrol measured his blood alcohol level at 0.12, which is above the state's 0.08. (source: Whitman Co. Court Documents.)


Charges:  3 counts of vehicular homicide and 3 counts of vehicular assault. An added count of bail jumping, theft and forgery were added following Russell's disappearance.

Fast Facts on Court Details & Documents

  • Fred was released on $5,000 bail under his father, Greg's, supervision.
  • Fred's father, Greg Russell, was out of town the day his son disappeared.
  • Search warrant filed reveals Russell had purchased a half gallon bottle of vodka the afternoon of the fatal crash

Disappearance Details:
Russell disappeared right before his trial was set to start.  He disappeared with a stolen $1,300 dollar check written against his father's account and money from what police believe was the sale of baseball cards.  (Source: Seattletimes.com)

Letter sent to Moscow-Pullman Daily News where Russell claims he had no choice but to leave the area before his trial.

Click here for more information on Russell on the Run.

 

 

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