A 16-year-old Gig Harbor driver died Friday night in a single-car crash in the 10300 block of Kopachuck Drive Northwest.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the dead boy as Karl A. Severson of Gig Harbor.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department reports said Severson was southbound and failed to negotiate a curve to the left. His vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.
The boy was the only occupant of the car, according to the reports. Police were investigating whether speed or alcohol played a role in the crash. Reports noted that an open case of beer and an open bottle of liquor were found inside the car.