Updated at 11:23 a.m. with photos, more details.
A tragic Friday night crash on Olympic View Drive took the lives of two young people and put three others in the hospital with what police describe as “non-life-threatening injuries.”
According to Edmonds police spokesperson Shane Hawley, the five youngsters were driving a late-model BMW sedan 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 north side the road, hitting a tree in the adjacent ravine.
“A passenger from the vehicle had waved down a passing motorist who called 911, ” said Hawley. “Five people were in the car at the time of the crash, all under the age of 18. Two of the teens were already fatally wounded when officers arrived. The other three were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Speed appears to be the primary factor in the collision.”
Due to the sensitive nature of the incident, police are not releasing images of the accident.
Resident John Quick lives just above the crash site on Andover Street.
“We heard the sirens at about 11:30 last night,” he told My Edmonds News. “They went on for about 20 minutes. We’ve lived here for years, and are always careful on this section of roadway. It’s a 20 mph curve for a reason.”
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel