A teenager intending to kill himself late Monday by driving his car into a pole instead hit a pickup truck, killing himself and the second driver, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.
The crash happened just before 11 p.m. in Graham when Ford Mustang driven by a 19-year-old man crossed the center line near Orting Kapowsin Highway East and 200th Street East and struck a Toyota Tundra driven by a 50-year-old man from Orting.
The teen was driving more than 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash, Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Department identified the teen as Justin Bell of the Graham area. The 50-year-old had not yet been identified Tuesday.
When deputies went to notify Bell’s family about the accident, they discovered a suicide note.
“He’d left a suicide note saying he was going to drive his car 120 mph into a pole,” Troyer said. “He got his car up to high speed to hit a pole and instead hit a truck, killing the other guy instantly.”
The crash has been ruled a homicide-suicide, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
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