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Enumclaw crash leaves woman hanging for hours

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2011 at 11:07 am with 8 Comments »
November 12, 2011 12:20 pm
(courtesy Washington State Patrol)

A young Kirkland woman is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center this morning after an Enumclaw car crash that left her hanging upside down in her seat belt for five and a half hours.

The driver, a 25-year-old Bonney Lake man, was ejected from the car and is also at Harborview, in critical condition.

According to Washington State Patrol officer Cliff Pratt, the crash occurred at approximately 1:45 Saturday morning, but the destroyed vehicle was not discovered until 7:10 a.m.

Pratt said the vehicle left Highway 164 near Enumclaw at high speed, flew into a stand of trees and crashed in a spot not visible to passing drivers.

The car, a 1993 Honda Prelude, was discovered by early-morning walkers, he said, who called 911.

The driver was airlifted to Harborview. Emergency responders cut the 27-year-old woman out of her seat belt. She was in serious but stable condition, Pratt said.

“It’s amazing that anybody survived this crash,” Pratt said.

He said evidence at the scene indicated that drugs and/or alcohol were contributing factors.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. whitman411 says:

    Alcohol is a drug.

  2. ferryguy says:

    My guess is between the money spent on the wheels, sound system and “coffee can” exhaust system, the add-ons were worth more than this car. We’ve all seen cars just like this with young drivers speed past us on the freeway, hell bent on getting somewhere fast. What a waste.

  3. guidocarmasi says:

    lucky to be alive.

  4. PuyallupGuy says:

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  5. To Tristan and all the family members and friends… I am so sorry for your loss of Derek! He was such a wonderful person, friend, and boyfriend! I enjoyed all my time spent with Derek and Tristan! He will be greatly missed! With much Love Roxanne!

  6. tiarrarae says:

    Anyone that can look at this photo and focus on the type of car and pass assumptions is a naive individual. He was an amazing person, a loving father and I’m proud to call and continue to claim him as my step brother regardless of the cause of the accident!! If you are posting anything shy of paying your respects you are a heartless jackass, and clearly have nothing better to do that to attempt to share your pathetic excuse of an opinion because you have nothing better to do then comment on other peoples heartache.

    Derek lives strong through the memory of all he left behind. You were one of many puzzle pieces to our family tree- You will never be forgotten.

  7. TaylorTwoTimes says:

    o well better him then someone else. you should think before you drink and drive.

  8. chevellelvr says:

    wanna do drugs and or drink and drive, better think about the results of your actions

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