A 19-year-old Bellevue resident died over the weekend after the vehicle he was driving lost control and struck two trees in a crash Saturday night in Bellevue. This past Saturday, at 8:50 p.m., Bellevue Police responded to a report of a one vehicle crash on 148th Avenue NE just north of NE 8th Street. When Officers arrived, they found a 2010 Mazda on the shoulder of the roadway. The driver and single occupant of the vehicle, a 19-year-old male, was partially ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe that the vehicle had been traveling at a high rate of speed on the wet roadway prior to the crash. Police believe the driver lost control, and then struck a tree on the side of the roadway, causing the engine to separate from the front of the vehicle. Based on evidence located at the scene, Officers believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. The King County Medical Examiner responded to the scene, and will be assisting the Bellevue Police Department with making death notifications and determining the toxicology results for the driver. 148th Avenue was closed for approximately four hours as police investigated. No other vehicles were suspected to be involved in the collision.