Vehicle Fleeing Police Crashes Killing Driver, Young Child Passenger Uninjured

Police attempting to stop a vehicle on 1st this morning leads to the driver being killed in a high speed crash

Update - 2:12 p.m. Statement from Federal Way Police

Just before 10:00 AM this morning, an officer observed a recklessly driven vehicle westbound in the 500 block of S 348th Street. The vehicle was traveling in excess of 70 MPH in the 35 MPH speed zone. The officer attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, however the vehicle failed to yield and accelerated away.

The vehicle continued northbound on 1st Ave S, made a U-turn at S 336th Street, and proceeded back southbound, Driving recklessly the entire time.

Near the 34200 block of 1st Ave S the drive of the suspect vehicle, a female in her 30s, lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree.

The female driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was fatally injured. A 9-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Washington State Patrol is conducting the collision investigation at our request. We have no additional information at this time.

Original Narrative

Federal Way, WA: Around 10 a.m. Federal Way police attempted to stop a vehicle traveling along 1st avenue south. That vehicle took off from police at a high rate of speed.

At this time it is not known if the police were in a pursuit of this vehicle after it took off.

The vehicle lost control in the 33800 block of 1st avenue south and collided with several trees at a high rate of speed.

Crews with South King Fire and Rescue were called in and attempted to rescue to the driver using the Jaws of Life.

The driver, only identified as a female, was killed in the crash.

There was a small child passenger in the vehicle that we have been told was fine and not injured.