19-year-old Bellevue man killed in high-speed crash; alcohol suspected

The car crashed with such force that the engine was separated from the front of the vehicle. (Photo from Bellevue Police Dept.)

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A 19-year-old Bellevue man was killed over the weekend after he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree with such force that the engine separated from the front of the vehicle.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash, the Bellevue Police Department said.

Police responded to the scene, on 148th Avenue NE just north of NE 8th Street, at about 8:50 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a serious accident.

The mangled wreckage of a 2010 Mazda was found on the shoulder of the roadway. The 19-year-old driver was partially ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle.

A preliminary investigation found evidence that the car had been traveling at high speed on the wet roadway when the driver lost control and slammed into two trees, causing the engine to detach from the rest of the vehicle.

Based on evidence found at the scene, officers believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. The King County Medical Examiner will submit toxicology results on the driver.

The roadway was closed at the scene for about four hours during the cleanup and investigation of the crash. No other vehicles were suspected to be involved in the collision.