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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Car slams into L.S. home, one man dead


April 16, 2013

A homeowner on the 2700 block of 99th Ave. NE got an unexpected wake-up call when a car came crashing through his home at approximately 3:20 in the morning last Thursday, April 11.

The 31-year-old male driver of the car was seriously injured and taken to Providence Hospital. He was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. However, the passenger was found dead at the scene. He was in his late 20s.

A Lake Stevens police officer noticed the Honda Civic a few minutes earlier travelling near Highway 9 and Highway 92 and felt he needed to stop the driver. The driver turned onto Highway 92 and then turned south onto 99th Ave. NE where he crashed.

“The officer spotted the vehicle in the morning hours just before 4 o’clock in the morning. He saw the vehicle and he noticed multiple criminal violations and traffic infractions with the vehicle so he had a very valid reason for attempting to pull the car over,” Lake Stevens Police Commander Craig Valvick said.

The officer had to turn his vehicle around before he could even get behind the vehicle. A few seconds later the vehicle had crashed into the home.

Fortunately, while the home sustained extensive damage, no one inside the home was injured. A man in his early 20’s was sleeping on a couch next to the front window where the Civic crashed. He was thrown from the couch but sustained no injuries, Lake Stevens Police said in a statement.

“The officer never got a chance to catch up to the vehicle before it crashed,” Valvick explained. “He attempted to turn around and catch up with it and the man had already taken off before even turning his lights on. The closest the officer got was about 100 yards of the vehicle before it crashed. It was a very short time, less than a minute before the vehicle crashed.”

There is a vehicular homicide investigation currently in progress by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department’s Crash Incident Unit.

“We like to have an independent agency take a look at it (the accident) and investigate it when one of our officers are even remotely involved. That’s why we had the sheriff’s office do the investigation,” Valvick said. “We like that third party impartiality when there is an incident of this serious nature.”


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