One teenaged boy is dead and two other are seriously injured after the driver lost control of his car while allegedly speeding on Highway 161 on Thursday night.

One Teen Dead in High-Speed Graham, Washington, Car Accident


Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Three rising seniors from Kawposin High School High School in Graham, Washington, were involved in an allegedly high-speed car accident on Thursday night, August 15, 2013. One 18-year-old was killed in the crash while two 17-year-old boys were injured.

According to local news sources, the Graham car accident took place a few minutes after midnight on Thursday as the three teens were speeding on Highway 161. Their car went over a hill near the intersection of 238th Street and bottomed out, causing the vehicle to run off of the road. The car rolled, coming to rest in the yard of a private residence.

The back seat passenger, 18-year-old Zachary A. Statezni of Graham, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled. He came to rest in the garden of the private residence and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the car, a 17-year-old student, was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital in critical condition. The front seat passenger, another 17-year-old male, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup with less serious injuries. He has been released.

A Washington State Trooper stated that the teen would have probably survived had he worn a seat belt.

The deadly Graham car accident remains under investigation by police. At this time, they do not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident, but that the vehicle was traveling roughly 80-miles-per-hour when it crashed.

Washington car accident attorney Andrew Kim sends his condolences to the friends and family of the victim and wishes swift, complete recoveries for those injured in the crash.

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