Followup: New information on victims, survivor in deadly South Park crash

(Tribute to Lucie Hernandez; photo courtesy Denny International Middle School)
Followup to Sunday night’s deadly crash on 8th Avenue South: The principal of Denny International Middle School in West Seattle confirms the identities of the two teenagers who were killed, saying one was a current student at Denny, one a former student there, and that one of the survivors is a student at adjacent Chief Sealth International Middle School. Here’s the letter principal Jeff Clark shared after sending it to Denny families today:

On Sunday evening there was a car crash in South Park. Tragically, the driver, Mario Luis Martinez Herrera, a former Denny student, was killed; four other teens were transported to Harborview Medical Center. One additional person died from injuries sustained in the accident at Harborview shortly after arriving.

We were deeply saddened to learn that the teen who passed away at Harborview was a Denny eighth-grader, Luciana “Lucie” Hernandez. Lucie’s older sister, Karla, a ninth-grader at Chief Sealth International High School, was also in the accident and is being treated for very serious injuries at Harborview. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to the family and friends of all three students.

Today at school we had a moment of silence, an eighth-grade class meeting, individual and group grief counseling, and a place for interested students to come together at lunchtime. Additionally, students had an opportunity to begin to create a tribute which will be displayed at school and then taken to the service to be given to Lucie’s family.

While we are working to support students at school, you know your child better than anyone. You can help your child simply by talking and listening to her or him. If there is anything in particular we can do to support your child, please contact Assistant Principal, Ms. Rangel, at 252-9006 or

As a community, we will be developing plans to support the impacted families. Current ideas will be discussed at our Family PTSA meeting tonight at 7:00 pm in the Denny library.

The crash remains under investigation, and so far, we do not have any information on the two other survivors.

  1. cinthia valenzuela says:

    Hi my name is cinthia marisol ledesma valenzuela and I use to go to denny….my brother Jesus benito valenzuela was in the accident he’s in the hospital at harberviw he Brock some bones from he’s ARM and he’s face he’s in intensive care….

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Thank you for the information, Cinthia. We wish your brother a speedy recovery. Please let us know how he is doing. You can also e-mail us through our main website,, if there is anything you want people to know – Tracy (editor, The South Park News/West Seattle Blog/White Center Now)

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