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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 3, 2009

SUV smashes into light pole, driver dies

A 17-year-old boy driving a sports utility vehicle on West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast Sunday evening crashed into a light pole. He died on the scene.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue police officers and firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls about a traffic accident on the 3500 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Witnesses reported seeing a white Chevrolet Avalanche speeding north, losing control on a curve, striking a cyclone fence and smashing into a light pole head on.

A life guard from Vasa Park and a nurse in the area ran to the scene and attempted to render aid to the driver, but he was trapped in the vehicle. When paramedics arrived, they determined that the boy was dead.

Police were not immediately able to identify the driver Sunday. On-the-scene investigation revealed no signs of alcohol or drugs contributing to the crash.

Due to the possibility of the light pole being unstable, Vasa Park was immediately evacuated. Utilities crews determined that the pole was secure.

West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast was closed for several hours in both directions between the 3500 to 4200 blocks, to allow for a complete on-site investigation.

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Officer Seth Tyler
Phone: 425-452-4129
E-mail: bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov

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