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The two teens killed in a crash late Friday night on Olympic View drive were both 16-year-old boys — the driver and a back-seat passenger, Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley said in a media briefing Saturday afternoon.
The five passengers in the late-model BMW sedan — three males and two females — ranged in age from 13 to 16 years old, and were headed east on Olympic View Drive through the wooded Southwest County Park when they failed to negotiate a hairpin curve. The curve is posted on both sides with signs warning motorists to slow to 20 mph. The car went off the north side the road, hitting a tree in the adjacent ravine.
Of the three surviving passengers, two were seriously injured — including broken bones. The third, one of the girls, “escaped relatively unharmed” and was able to climb back up to the roadway to flag down a passing motorist, Hawley said.
While the investigation is ongoing, there is no indication at this point that drug or alcohol use was involved, Hawley said.
“We believe speed was a major factor, and good for everybody to take note — slow down,” he said.
Hawley noted that nearly all of Olympic View Drive has twists and turns, giving it the nickname Snake Road. “The speed limit there is pretty low and it’s low for a reason,” he said.
Official identification of the teens will be coming from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, Hawley said.
Coming upon an accident scene involving teenagers is never easy for first responders, Hawley admitted. “To have them go off the road and to lose two kids like this, you know, it’s tough for everybody — everybody who has to respond to the scene and see it…and the community as a whole who essentially has to grieve this,” he said. “Everybody is heartbroken.”
— By Teresa Wippel