Update: 2 teenagers die in South Park car crash

(Photo by TSPN’s Patrick Sand)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 8:57 PM: At least one person is reported dead in a crash involving a car hitting a pole in the 9200 block of 8th Avenue South, according to Seattle Police. Scanner traffic also mentioned multiple survivors with serious injuries, and SPD is calling out the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad, which means the road will be closed a while. More as we get it.

9:57 PM UPDATE: Just back from the scene, where we talked with Lt. Alan Williams from the Southwest Precinct. The car’s driver, a man believed to be in his early 20s, is dead; four other people were taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries, life-threatening for three of them. The crash is almost on the city/county line – Lt. Williams says the person who reported it didn’t witness it but happened onto the aftermath. He says they believe the car was headed north on 8th and had trouble making a curve, crashing into the pole. Investigators were just arriving as we left, so that stretch of 8th is likely to be closed for hours.

10:50 PM UPDATE: Via Twitter, SPD says one of the survivors has died at the hospital.

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE, 7:42 AM: Here’s what SPD Detective Renée Witt has just posted to SPD Blotter:

A black 1990 Acura Integra was traveling north on 8 Av S and failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, and subsequently struck a telephone pole, causing significant damage to both the vehicle and pole.

The driver, a 16 year-old male was killed instantly. Four additional occupants, all juveniles were treated on scene by Seattle Fire Department and transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) via Medics. One of the passengers, a female also succumbed to her injuries shortly after arriving at HMC. The additional three occupants were listed in critical and/or serious condition.

Traffic Collision Investigators responded and processed the scene. It is not yet known if alcohol and/or drugs contributed to this collision. This is an open and active investigation.

MONDAY, 2:05 PM: Though their identities have not been officially released, the victims have been identified in multiple places online as Lucie Hernandez and Luis Martinez. Tribute pages have been launched on Facebook, too – this one for both of them, this one for Lucie.

  1. Lee G says:

    Just tried looking at this as 15+ emergency vehicles passed our house… Can’t believe that some of this kind of stuff can / will happen.

  2. Lashanna says:

    :( sending good thoughts.

  3. mb says:

    Do you know the make and model of the vehicle?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Nope. Lt. Williams could only say that it was a “small import.” And we had to stay behind the tape, so we weren’t anywhere near close enough to see for ourselves.

  4. mike says:

    it looks like a late 90’s bmw 323

  5. Kimberly says:

    Two young teenagers that were in the car accident and taken to the hospital now passed away. One of the young teenagers was a girl about the age of 13 and the boy around 13-16. Imagine how they’re families feel now that their young ones have passed away? Harsh feeling I bet! All my prayers go to their families! <3

    • Editorial Staff says:

      The police have just released more information – confirming the two who died were teenagers. Also, the car was a 1990 Acura Integra. Adding the police update to the story – Tracy

  6. RIP :/ says:

    RIP Luis Martinez & Lucie Hernandez

  7. Connie says:

    Our prayers is with the families of the teenagers who passed away due to this accident. It is really hard to think that at their young age, they’re already gone. Our condolences.

  8. yolanda and amber says:

    May there souls rest in peace…and God Bless there families and may they stay strong….its very sad to know there were just kids….there angels now

  9. Lizbeth says:

    RIP to luis martinez & lucie hernandez :(

  10. Karina says:

    R.I.P. Lucie Hernandez and Luis Martinez</3 You'll be missed </3

  11. david says:

    we all love you lucy just cannot believe this happened <3<3

  12. Jaun says:

    Luis was a homie :'(…..

  13. Mr. Carr says:

    you will be missed. Class will not be the same without your laugh and smile. R.I.P

  14. Ms. Backlund says:

    Lucy, you had a wonderful energy and kind spirit. It’s hard to imagine that you are gone. Just last week you were happily skipping past my classroom door with friends. My heart goes out to your family and your many, many friends. Please know that your daughter was loved.

  15. Natalie says:

    Lucie, oh my gosh. You were so nice and everything. Now seeing that you are gone, is a nightmare. Just a few weeks ago, you were smiling and cheerful. Now seeing that that energy is gone, is just wow.
    R.I.P Lucie. You will be missed.

  16. rushanique says:

    Rest In Peace lucy </3 Hearing About This Breaks My Heart ! I Cant Stop Thinking About This ! Hearing This Is Like A Replay Of Hearing About My Cousins Death …. I'm Shocked :(( God Called Another Beautiful Child Home … Hope you Like It In Heaven It's A Better Place To Be ….

  17. Dagmar says:

    Where did those involved in the accident live? Was at least one a homeless youth?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      I don’t know – I am posting something here momentarily that we had just received for WSB, a community letter from Denny’s principal identifying the victims as a Denny student, a former Denny student (the boy who was killed – who one media outlet identified as living in Burien, don’t know their source on that, though), and a Chief Sealth student. No info on the other two so far. And no info on where they live. – TR

      • Eloy says:

        I knew one of the other two, Lucie Hernandez. Only 13 years old. People at my school(In SeaTac) Were thinking about her all day. The other girl, Karla i think, is in the hospital from what people have been saying.

  18. Berta says:

    RIP Lucie Hernandez and Luis Martinez <3
    My prayers go out to your family,

  19. mayra says:

    we will always miss you and will always remeber you and i still can’t belive this happent i’m really sorry .)R.I.P WE WILL ALWAYS REMEBER YOUR SMILE.>3)

  20. Leo says:

    Man life goes by fast

  21. Gracie says:

    So very sad very very sad. Rip kiddos

  22. damaris says:

    sorry i feel bery sad for this accident ):

  23. Binh hoang says:

    Love and lost to the people who die I know RIP

  24. Brenda says:

    R.I.P Luis Martinez. i Saw you Sunday. you were laying there asleep. youll be missed. and you will always be loved! return if possiable! :(

  25. Kimberly says:

    Lucie, It was so hard hearing that you passed away you had so much energy and enthusiasm for everything we have so much memories but i love you. R.I.P

  26. deshawn says:

    lucie we miss u we wish u still was here

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