1 teen killed, 2 injured in high-speed crash in Graham

1 teen killed, 2 injured in high-speed crash in Graham »Play Video
The car wound up in the flower bed in front of a woman's home in Graham.
GRAHAM, Wash. - An 18-year-old was killed and two 17-year-olds were injured in an overnight one-car crash that ended in a Graham woman's yard - just a few feet from where she was sleeping.

State troopers say a 2005 Dodge Neon was heading north at high speed on Highway 161 just after midnight Thursday when it hit a hill at 238th Street and bottomed out because of the car's low-profile tires. The 17-year-old driver lost control and the car rolled over, crashing on private property.

The back seat passenger, later identified as Zachary A. Statezni, 18, of Graham, was ejected from the back seat and slammed into a woman's house.

The woman, Lori Jeffries, says she was asleep inside the house at the time of the crash. She awoke when she heard crunching metal and breaking glass. She says the car's tires flew off the car and hit her shed.

"I just heard metal crunching and crunching and I knew," Jeffries said. "I just said, 'Oh my God!' Jumped out of bed. Someone is coming down the ravine, and my bedroom window open with blinds part up, and I could see the car and I just started screaming for my husband to call 911."


Zachary Statezni
She went outside and found Statezni dead in her flower bed. He was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown from the back seat of the car. Troopers say he would likely be alive if he was buckled in.

Two 17-year-old males from the Graham area were in the front seat.

The front passenger wore a seat belt. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup for treatment of injuries and later released.

The driver was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital in critical condition, where he remains this morning.

All three of the teens involved in the crash were preparing to become seniors at Kawposin High School High School in Graham.

Troopers say there is no indication of alcohol or drugs, and that high speed is the main factor in the crash. Early estimates put the car's speed at around 80 mph just before the crash.