A woman facing charges of vehicular manslaughter fled to China after crossing into Canada. Ting Ye was allegedly driving when she crashed, resulting in the death of passenger Yabao Liu. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. when Ye lost control of the vehicle, reportedly driving at nearly 100 mph in a 35-mph zone. Recently released video footage of the crash shows the car sliding sideways and colliding with a concrete barrier, causing it to become airborne and eventually come to a rest on its roof in a grassy area.
Emergency responders were able to extract both Ye and Liu from the vehicle, but Liu had already succumbed to his injuries by the time they arrived. Law enforcement officials noted that Ye’s breath smelled strongly of alcohol. However, even if she was sober at the time of the crash, her reckless driving would still result in severe legal consequences.
Following the crash, Ye reportedly refused to cooperate with detectives at the scene. It was later determined that both Ye and Liu were Chinese nationals who had relocated to Seattle for work. Due to various factors, including Ye’s treatment at a nearby hospital and a delay in detectives’ ability to interview first responders, the arrest warrant was not entered into the system until October 10. Unfortunately, Ye left the hospital on October 6, much to the disappointment of investigators who anticipated a longer stay.
Three days later, an individual drove Ye across the border to Vancouver, where she was able to board a flight back to China. As the United States and China do not have an extradition treaty, it is unlikely that Ye will be returned to the U.S. to face trial. However, prosecutors have applied for an Interpol Red Notice, which would lead to her arrest if she attempts to enter a country with an extradition agreement with the U.S.