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Driver in fatal Auburn wreck may face charges

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on July 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
July 6, 2011 4:20 pm

The driver of a Honda Civic that crashed into a bridge spanning the Stuck River in Auburn early Saturday could face vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges, Auburn police said.

The 17-year-old boy from Granite Falls was injured in the wreck and is in serious but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Auburn Commander Mike Hirman said.

He didn’t release the boy’s name.

One of the three passengers, Cory Elam, 21, of Auburn, died. A 20-year-old Auburn woman had “broken limbs” and was treated and later released from the hospital, Hirman said. He didn’t have her name.

A third passenger wasn’t hurt, he said.

The group was headed to Auburn about 4 a.m. with a group of friends in another car – a Honda Accord – after leaving a youth event in Bonney Lake, he said.

Both cars were headed north on Kersey Way Southeast, he said. The Civic’s driver passed the Accord near Oravetz Road Southeast and lost control, hitting a signpost and then a concrete bridge abutment, Hirman said.

Witnesses reported that the Civic’s driver was speeding, Hirman said. He also said police are looking into the actions of the Accord’s driver.

Alcohol and drugs weren’t believed to be involved.

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