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Driver killed in Federal Way intersection when car runs red light

Federal Way police said a 21-year-old man was killed after another driver ran a red light in Federal Way early Wednesday.

Lt. John Stieben said the victim died at the scene. He was driving westbound through the intersection of South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South at about 2:30 a.m.

A Chevrolet Suburban that was northbound on Pacific Highway South t-boned the Honda, he said.

Stieben said witnesses told police the Suburban drove through the red light. A check of the city's traffic camera installed at the intersection confirmed the Suburban ran through the red light.

South King County Fire Rescue responded to the scene. A spokeswoman said the victim had to be extricated from his car.

“It’s a wonderful tool and it’s also a deterrent for crime, and in this case, we were able to verify what the witnesses told us,” Stieben said. He said there are about 30 of the so-called "safe cities" cameras on at intersections and on streets in Federal Way. They were installed last year.

"There are at least four cameras on Pacific Highway South," he said.

The 35-year-old driver was not injured but was arrested at the scene for investigation of vehicular homicide and taken to a hospital to have his blood drawn. Stieben said alcohol is suspected in the collision.

Investigators from the Washington State Patrol's criminal investigations unit also responded.

The intersection was blocked in all directions for 4 1/2 hours. It re-opened shortly before 7 a.m.

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