Who is Chase Daniel Jones, Renton Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide After Crash that Killed A Mother & 3 Children

Chase Daniel Jones, an 18-year-old driver who ran a red light in a Renton car crash that killed 3 children and a woman, has been charged with 4 counts of vehicular homicide.

The violent multi-car crash occurred on Tuesday and saw the deaths of 38-year-old Andrea Smith Hudson – siblings 13-year-old Matilda Wilcoxson and 12-year-old Eloise Wilcoxson – and 12-year-old Boyd Buster Brown.

Hudson was carpooling five kids to school when the accident occurred. Her two kids who were also in the minivan were left in critical condition after the crash.

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Chase Daniel Jones was driving a 2015 Audi A4 when the crash occurred after he ran a red light at 112mph on 140th Avenue SE in Renton, Wash, on Tuesday, March 19.

Andrea Smith Hudson, one of the victims, was driving a minivan carpooling 5 kids to school in her minivan when they were “t-boned by a speeding southbound driver”, according to court documents.

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The documents say all four people were ‘immediately killed’ in the “incredibly violent collision.”

Three other people were seriously injured in the multi vehicle crash and and eighth person suffered minor injuries.

King County prosecutors charged Chase Daniel Jones, 18, with four counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault and reckless driving. His bail has been set at $1 million.

Jones’ arraignment is scheduled for April 4.

Prosecutors said Jones was witnessed speeding and “weaving around other traffic” and said his driving was captured on video.

Data from Jones’ vehicle reportedly showed he was traveling 112 mph when prosecutors said he ran a red light at the intersection, “at full throttle without braking.”

Incredibly, this was the third vehicle Jones had “totaled in a crash involving speed in 11 months,” the documents say.

Jones suffered an internal injury that required surgery and a fractured leg and ribs.

“Without question, this crash was a tragedy,” Jamie Holter with the county’s Road Services Division wrote in an email.

“Currently, the King County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a full investigation. We will review the results of that investigation once completed and look at any potential changes to the road, the intersection, or any other road-related work that may be recommended.”


Andrea Smith Hudson, Matilda Wilcoxson, Eloise Wilcoxson and Boyd Buster Brown

Families of the victims of Chase Daniel Jones in Renton spoke out about their lost souls – 38-year-old Andrea Smith Hudson, 13-year-old Matilda Wilcoxson, 12-year-old Eloise Wilcoxson and 12-year-old Boyd Buster Brown.

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“All of these four souls were top notch,” said Jessica Brown, Buster’s mother and “pseudo parent” to the Wilcoxson children.

“Our hearts are aching to hold them. But we have felt filled with the love of this community, unlike anything we’ve ever felt before.

“We pray, and we plead for you to pray, for the young man who caused this terrible accident. And pray for his family,” said Chace Wilcoxson, Matilda and Eloise’s dad.

“God loves him, and we want the best for him.

He also called for local authorities to take action about the intersection where the crash occurred which has been a hotbed for accidents.

“We also have a call to action. We call on all of the local government officials, anyone in authority, to research and analyze this road, this intersection. These are not the first fatalities that have happened here in recent months and years. But with help, they can be the last,” Wilcoxson added.

At a memorial held Thursday, neighbor neighbor Jacqueline Galvan echoed his sentiments, explaining something needs to be done at the county level to make 140th Avenue SE safer.

“It’s senseless. This road has seen so many tragic accidents in the last couple years. This could have been avoided,” Galvan stated.

“This is something no family should ever have to deal with. The community altogether is mourning for them.”

“You just have to wonder how many more people are going to have to get injured or killed before somebody does something,” added neighbor David Lee, who said his mother was injured in a crash along 140th years ago.

Melissa Cortez was injured in the crash caused by the teen Chase Jones and spoke to KOMO News.

“It’s just so reckless how an 18-year-old is driving like he’s in ‘Fast and Furious,’” Cortez cried.

“He’s not in ‘Fast and Furious.’ Live in reality! Like, you killed a family. They can’t even see their kids grow up and graduate and see what they could become.”

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reported 809 traffic fatalities last year in the state of Washington. However, they are still collecting data, so the total could rise.

In a similar incident, Matthew Kellog, a 42-year-old man from Hopedale, Massachusetts was involved in an accident that killed his 8-year-old son and critically injured his 5-year-old.

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Matthew Kellog

Kellogg was driving a Subaru Impreza eastbound on U.S. Route 2 with his two boys, 8 and 5 years old, when the car collided with a Volvo S80 that was being driven on the westbound side of the roadway earlier this month.

All four individuals sustained serious, life-threatening injuries from the crash.

A Game Warden and a nurse who happened to be in the area at the time ran up to the cars to help and found Kellogg’s 8-year-old son unresponsive.

They tried to help until first responders arrived on the scene.

All four injured passengers were taken by ambulance to Rumford Hospital but the 8-year-old boy sadly passed away.

Matthew Kellogg, according to LinkedIn, is a Manager of Engineering at Gilbane Building Company in Boston, Massachusetts, a position he’s held since October 2015.


Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States, and an inner-ring suburb of Seattle.

As of the 2020 census, the population of Renton was 106,785, up from 90,927 at the 2010 census.

The city is currently the 6th most populous municipality in greater Seattle and the 8th most populous city in Washington.

After a long history as an important salmon fishing area for Native Americans, Renton was first settled by people of European descent in the 1860s.

Its early economy was based on coal mining, clay production, and timber export.

Today, Renton is best known as the final assembly point for the Boeing 737 family of commercial airplanes, but it is also home to a growing number of well-known manufacturing, technology, and healthcare organizations, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division, Paccar, Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services, UW Medicine, and Wizards of the Coast.

Renton is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington at the mouth of the Cedar River.

The city is bordered to the north by Newcastle. Along the east side of Renton is the urban growth boundary established by King County, as such there is no incorporated city directly east of Renton.

The southern border is shared with Kent, while the western border consists of the city of Tukwila and the unincorporated community of West Hill.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Capital, Providence Health & Services, and Wizards of the Coast have their headquarters in Renton.

The Boeing Renton Factory has operated since World War II, when it manufactured the B-29 Superfortress; currently, it produces the 737 airliner.

Boeing remains the largest employer in Renton, which is home to over 10,000 employees and three of the aerospace giant’s six major business divisions: Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Capital Corporation and the Shared Services Group.

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