AUBURN, Wash. - A 21-year-old man crashed into a tree while driving at a high speed, injuring himself and one of his girlfriend’s two children and killing the other, police said.
Police said that just before 2:20 a.m. Sunday, the driver passed a King County deputy while traveling at a high speed near the Auburn city limits. The deputy, who was not in his car at the time, tried to get in his squad car to chase the driver. Police said the deputy lost him because the driver was going too fast.
The man eventually crashed into a tree while going around a bend at 3600 Auburn Way S. Auburn police suspect that he was traveling 90 miles per hour and that alcohol may be involved.
A 9-year-old girl managed to crawl out of the wreck, while three firefighter crews used extrication tools to rescue the driver and a 5-year-old boy who were trapped inside the car.
All three people were treated at scene and taken to Harborview Medical Center. The boy died from his injuries at 9:02 a.m. Monday, according to police.
“It was just horrible. Horrible. I had tears in my eyes, it was so sad. Those poor little children,” said Lilli Wilson-Washington, a tenant at a nearby apartment complex.
Residents who live in a unit next to the toppled tree said they first heard a loud crack, then came out to see a girl screaming for help.
“At first it sounded like someone was getting killed out here. She was screaming for help so loud,” said Natalia Sutton.
Neighbors grew upset when they learned the 5-year-old boy was still stuck in the car. Paola Cisneros, a neighbor, was angry with the driver.
“That's the dumbest thing you could do. It was at 2 o'clock in the morning. You don't do that stuff. I have an 8-year-old. I just hope the kids are OK, you know?” she said.
The girl had non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver, who faces vehicular homicide charges, was in the intensive care unit Monday afternoon.
The driver and the children are Pacific residents.