A 17-year-old Capital High School student was killed on her way to school Monday morning after she crashed into a tree off Summit Lake Road in Thurston County.
Amanda Winters was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta when she lost control at 6:38 a.m., left the road and hit a tree and a stump, said Washington State Patrol trooper Guy Gill.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed was a factor, WSP said.
“We are dealing with a large amount of intrusion into that vehicle,” Gill said.
“The posted speed was 35 mph. With the amount of intrusion when she struck that tree and stump, we are dealing with a much higher speed than the posted speed limit.”
Gill said the crash is a tragic reminder for drivers.
“It only takes once — it takes one time off the road, one time over the center line — for tragedy to happen,” Gill said.
“She had her whole life ahead of her; to have this over with suddenly because of something like this — you just cannot comprehend it.”
Capital High School counselors were to be made available for students, staff and families.
“This is an incredibly difficult time for the Capital High community,” said Rebecca Japhet, Olympia School District spokeswoman, in an email.
We will continue to keep everyone involved in our thoughts and will provide whatever assistance we can to help our students, staff and families through this extremely difficult time.”