An Issaquah, Washington, teen was killed on I-405 this weekend when he lost control of his car and struck two other vehicles. Washington State Patrol stated that the likely cause of the fatal car accident was speed.

Issaquah Teen Killed In Speed-Related Car Accident On I-405


Posted on Feb 25, 2011

A former Issaquah High School student in Washington State was killed in a car accident on Interstate 405 near Interstate 90 on Tuesday morning in a crash that involved three vehicles. Washington State Patrol troopers say that although the accident is still under investigation, the crash was likely caused by the speeding teen.

According to the Issaquah Press, 18-year-old Tyler Lucas of Issaquah was killed while driving northbound on I-405 north of I-90 when traffic in front of him suddenly slowed. The teen made a sudden lane change to avoid an accident, but lost control and slammed into the back of an SUV. The car then spun and struck a third vehicle, totally the teen’s Neon and taking the young man’s life. Lucas was taken by ambulance to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the SUV, Peter Gradwohl of Mountlake Terrace, was taken to a Bellevue hospital for his car accident injury treatment. The driver of the third car, 46-year-old Shelly Keene of Renton, was treated on the scene for her injuries. All of the people involved in the car accident were wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash.

While police say that Lucas was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they say that speed was a likely factor in the accident.

Lucas stopped attending Issaquah High School after his junior year and transferred to Chrysalis School in Woodinville this year. However, he was still active on the lacrosse team.

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