Crime

Driver killed after car crashes into home

A speeding car that crashed into a Kent house early Thursday came to rest against a wood stove in the living room. The 24-year-old driver was killed, but the homeowner escaped injury after leaving the room moments earlier to put cheese on a late-night bowl of chili.
A speeding car that crashed into a Kent house early Thursday came to rest against a wood stove in the living room. The 24-year-old driver was killed, but the homeowner escaped injury after leaving the room moments earlier to put cheese on a late-night bowl of chili. Kent Police Department

A 24-year-old Auburn man was killed early Thursday when his car slammed into a east Kent house, narrowly missing a woman living there, police said.

The 63-year-old woman had just left the living room to put cheese on a late-night bowl of chili when the car crashed through a wall and landed on the chair she’d been sitting on.

The driver’s name wasn’t immediately available. The woman was shaken up but not injured, police said.

The car was found 30 feet into the house, located along a two-lane road in the 28200 block of 144th Avenue Southeast, a mostly rural area of east Kent, Sgt. Pat Lowery said.

The collision was reported at 12:24 a.m.

The car, a late model G35 Infiniti, apparently drifted off 144th Avenue at high speed, hit a small berm and sailed 12 to 15 feet before hitting the house, which sat in a slight depression, he said. The car was traveling at an estimated 50 to 60 mph when it left the road.

“Obviously, speed was involved,” Lowery said, adding that investigators were trying to determine whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

The crash destroyed the living room and left a gaping hole in the wall, he said. Because the house is considered uninhabitable, the homeowner was forced to move until repairs can be done.

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