Seattle teen killed in Maple Valley rollover car accident

A 17-year-old Seattle girl was killed in a Maple Valley car accident on Tuesday night reports The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

According to the report, three teenagers were riding in a 1991 Ford Escort driven by an 18-year-old Renton man when the driver lost control of the car on a curve, hit a fire hydrant and the vehicle rolled. The single-car accident occurred at around the 22600 block of Sweeney Road Southeast around 10:15pm.

The 17-year-old girl died en route to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Two other passengers, a 17-year-old boy from Ravensdale and a 16-year-old girl from Renton along with the driver were injured, and taken to Valley Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Police believe that excessive speed may have contributed to the car accident but they do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

In 2009, there were 3,466 teenagers killed in motor vehicle accidents. This number was 60% less than in 1975 and 15% less than 2008. The graduated driver’s license has had a big impact on mortality rates.

Washington State like many other states has a graduated driver license program. Under Washington’s program, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited for driving with passengers under the age of 20 for the first six months after they receive their license, are not allowed to drive between 1am and 5am unless driving with a licensed driver age 25 or older and are prohibited from using wireless devices while driving.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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