Crime

25-year-old Tumwater man killed in Interstate construction zone

Scene of a fatal accident on southbound Interstate 5 at the Interstate 90 on Monday April 12, 2010.  (Courtesy of State Patrol)
Scene of a fatal accident on southbound Interstate 5 at the Interstate 90 on Monday April 12, 2010. (Courtesy of State Patrol)

A 25-year-old Tumwater man was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after an early morning crash on southbound Interstate 5 at the Interstate 90 interchange on Monday.

The State Patrol reported that Damien Mendenhall was a passenger in a 2005 Honda driven by a Yelm man. The Patrol said Mendenhall was not wearing his seatbelt when the Honda crashed through several barrels marking off an active construction zone. The car struck a Department of Transportation pickup truck that was parked within the construction zone. A DOT worker, who was sitting inside the pickup at the time of the collision, sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the Honda was transported to Harborview with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later released from the hospital and booked into the King County Jail. He is currently under investigation for vehicular homicide. The Patrol said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

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