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Car strikes house, killing driver

Post by Mike Archbold on April 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
April 22, 2010 7:59 pm
Cars lands in living room of Kent home; driver killed

A woman left the living room of her east Kent home early this morning to put cheese on a late-night bowl of chili moments before a car slammed into the living room and landed on the chair where she had been sitting.

The driver, a 24-year-old Auburn man, died in the high-speed crash, according to Kent police. He has been identified as Brandom Michael Suss. The 63-year-old woman in the house, Gerri Guardipee, was shaken up but not injured.

The car, a late-model G35 Infiniti, was found 30 feet into the house in the 28200 block of 144th Avenue Southeast, said Sgt. Pat Lowery of the Kent Police Department.

The crash occurred at 12:24 a.m. along a two-lane road in the mostly rural area of Kent.

The crash left the living room destroyed and a gaping hole in the wall, Lowery said.

Lowery said the accident is under investigation but it appeared the car drifted off 144th Avenue at high rate of speed. The exact speed isn’t known yet, he said, but he estimated the car was traveling at 50 to 60 mph.

He said the house is set in a slight dip. The car hit a small berm and sailed 12-15 feet in the air before hitting the house, he said.

“Obviously speed was involved,” he said, adding that the accident reconstruction team is trying to  figure out what happened and determine if alcohol or drugs were involved.

Damage to the home was severe and the structure has been deemed uninhabitable, Lowery said. The homeowner has been relocated until repairs can be done.

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