Shortly after 2 a.m. This morning, Bellevue police and fire responded to a report of a traffic crash on 156th Avenue NE just north of NE 20th Street. When responders arrived, they located a vehicle on the side of the road that had struck a light pole. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, a 23 year-old man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators determined that the involved vehicle, a 2014 BMW 4 Series, had been traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on 156th Avenue NE prior to the crash. Investigators believe that the vehicle struck a center median, causing the car to spin into the light pole. Two other vehicles struck the downed light pole, however those drivers were not injured. The King County Medical Examiner responded to the scene and is working to notify the next of kin. 156th Ave NE was closed for approximately seven hours while police investigated the crash.