UPDATE: 15-year old Burien girl arrested for crash that left 2 in critical condition


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Photo courtesy Kent Fire RFA

A 15-year old Burien girl is under arrest – and has been booked into the Youth Services Center for Vehicular Assault – after a crash in SeaTac Monday night (May 23) that totaled one car and ripped the cab off a truck.

Inside the totaled truck were a man and his 7-year old son – both are now in critical condition.

Detectives believe speed and alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident.

Police say that at around 9:13 p.m. Monday night, while responding to another call in the area, they came across a serious injury accident in the intersection of S. 136th Street and Des Moines Memorial Drive in SeaTac (map below). Deputies did not see the accident occur, but found two vehicles – one car and one truck – near the intersection with heavy damage. The force of the impact was so severe that it totaled a BMW and knocked the cab off a Ford Ranger pickup truck.

All five of the occupants of the BMW were out of the vehicle, but the two people in the truck, a SeaTac man and his 7-year old son were trapped inside and unable to get out. Fire and Rescue was called to the scene to assist in removing the victims from the truck. They were eventually removed and transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

As Deputies were assisting Fire and Rescue and blocking the road, three of the passengers from the BMW fled the scene on foot before they could be further interviewed. Two of those occupants were in their mid teens and the third was 5-years old. The three that fled had been identified and did not appear to be suffering from any major or obvious injuries. Detectives will be following up with them later in their investigation.

The two occupants of the BMW that remained on scene, the 15-year old female driver, and a male in his 20’s, were suffering from minor injuries. The male, who Deputies believe was the front passenger of the BMW based on statements he and the female made to them, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The 15-year old female that detectives believe was driving when the accident occurred was taken to Harborview for evaluation of her injuries.

The initial investigation and evidence at the scene indicate that speed was likely one of the factors that led to the accident. In addition, the 15-year old female showed signs of impairment by alcohol and or drugs. Detectives obtained a warrant for samples of her blood. Those results are pending. Once cleared by Doctors at Harborview, the 15-year old female was transported to the King County Youth Services Center in Seattle for investigation of Vehicular Assault.

The father and son were in critical condition at Harborview as of Tuesday, May 24.


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One Response to “UPDATE: 15-year old Burien girl arrested for crash that left 2 in critical condition”
  1. D.W. Keller says:

    The driver of the pickup was actually hanging out of the broken back window of the cab, which had been completely detached from the bed. He likely would have been thrown from the cab but his left foot was caught on his seatbelt. Another man and I freed him, and we laid him on the ground to try to protect his cervical spine and stabilize his airway while waiting for EMS. My wife and I went through the intersection right before the pickup. The sound of the collision behind us was so loud, the impact so violent we actually thought an airplane had crashed. The seven year old was awake and crying quietly; his father was clearly concussed but had a strong pulse and respirations. At least three lives were horribly damaged in a terrifying instant. I hope so much that the man and his son will recover; the tragedy of it is tearing my heart up.