Kirkland Teen Dies In High Speed Crash
July 17, 2017
(KIRKLAND, WA.) -- The Washington State Patrol (WSP) says a young man from Kirkland lost his life in an early morning crash on Interstate 405 in Kirkland.
The patrol report says the crash occurred about 3:40 am in the southbound lanes of I-405 at the NE 85 St. junction, Milepost 18.1.
The report says a blue 2004 BMW 325 4-door was traveling in a southbound lane at a high rate of speed with a "rear passenger hanging out of the window," when the vehicle lost control and hit the right side of a guardrail.
The passenger hanging out the window was ejected from the car and died at the scene. He was identified as 18-year old Sidney P. Jahn of Kirkland.
The vehicle was later found in Kirkland at an apartment complex. The patrol report does not list the driver's name or hometown or if other passengers were in the vehicle. SeattlePI.com reported that police were looking for the driver.
SeattlePI.com reported that the accident may have been the result of "car surfing" and that troopers believe the young man who was killed was "either hanging out of the sunroof or surfing on top of the vehicle" when he was ejected.
The accident blocked lanes one, two and three of the freeway for over two hours. The official patrol report says the cause of the accident is under investigation and that charges for the driver are pending.
It was not known if alcohol and/or drugs were factors in the crash.