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Valley teen killed in SUV accident along Middle Fork Road
A Valley teen was killed in an SUV accident Saturday evening, Feb. 8, on the Middle Fork Road near North Bend.
According to a report from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday.
A 16-year-old boy was at the wheel of Toyota Landcruiser, driving on a dirt portion of Southeast Middle Fork Road, with four passengers, three 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which left the road and went down an embankment, smashing into trees and a large boulder. The boy in the left rear seat, a Mount Si junior, died from injuries at the scene.
The other occupants of the car suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cindi West told the Record that alcohol and drugs are not believed to be involved. Conditions were dry on the road at the time.
Mount Si High School principal John Belcher released a message for parents Monday morning, Feb. 10. The school was closed due to snowy conditions that morning.
“We will share with students first thing tomorrow if school is open,” Belcher wrote.
“Extra support is being offered for anyone needing extra time and support when we resume school since we are closed today. The auditorium will be set up as an optional drop-in room to provide a quiet, safe place where students could go for support from other students and counselors. We are also working to monitor all of our students and reach out to those who seem to need support. Additional district counselors, staff, administration, and faith based community will be invited to support students and staff during this difficult time.”
“Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family, friends, teachers and neighbors for their loss,” Belcher wrote.