Man dies in one-car rollover accident near Yelm

June 24, 2014 

UPDATE: The Thurston County Coroner has identified a 19-year-old man who died in a rollover crash Monday night as Joel G. Keener, of Yelm.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said his office was performing Keener’s autopsy Wednesday to determine his cause and manner of death.

PREVIOUS STORY: A 19-year-old man was killed in a one-car rollover Monday night in the Yelm area, and the driver was arrested in connection with his death.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reports the rollover occurred around 9 p.m. June 23 in the 15800 block of Bald Hill Road Southeast.

Investigators say the vehicle rolled onto its top after trying to navigate a sharp curve. The male occupant of a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro was partially ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The driver of the Camaro was trapped inside, and once removed, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office reports.

The driver was identified as Margaret Le Ann Kautzman, 34, of Yelm. Kautzman was arrested at the hospital and remains under guard during treatment, according to the sheriff’s office, which reports that Kautzman was intoxicated while driving.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 @andyhobbs

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