1 killed as vehicle swerves off I-5 exit ramp into icy retention pond


FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A man was killed Wednesday morning when his car swerved off an Interstate 5 exit ramp and plunged into an icy retention pond in Federal Way, the Washington State Patrol reports.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, at the 320th Street exit ramp from southbound I-5, at about 5:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle into a pond there.

Divers responded within minutes and found a car under the water. They pulled out a victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as a Yakima resident. His name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

It was not immediately clear if anyone else was in the vehicle with him. Divers continued to search the pond, which was covered with floating slabs of ice.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver crossed several lanes of southbound I-5 and lost control on the exit ramp. His car then hit the guardrail and launched at least 200 feet, landing in the frigid pond.

The State Patrol later said they are investigating the possibility that the crash may have been intentional, after learning that the man had posted suicidal messages on Facebook prior to the crash.

The 320th Street exit ramp is partially blocked at the scene, causing a backup in the southbound lanes of I-5.


This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.