Passenger killed in Aurora Crash; Driver in Jail

Date: June 2010

Location: Aurora, Seattle, Washington

Type: Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Outcome: Passenger killed. Driver in Jail.

In the early morning of Monday, May 31st, a driver flipped his car on Aurora Avenue North killing his passenger. The driver was then brought into custody for investigation of vehicular homicide. The driver is currently not being named because he has not yet received any charges. Deputy chief of staff for King County prosecutor Dan Setterberg, Ian Goodhew, stated that the police department is still investigating collision-reconstruction evidence; "and we are awaiting lab results to either confirm or eliminate the possibility of any influencing substances in the suspect's system."

The passenger died in the hospital soon after the accident and was identified as Jamal Michael Clayton, 23 on Tuesday by the King County Medical Examiner's Office. At about 7:25 a.m. Monday morning, the 24-year-old driver's Toyota Camry was heading south on Aurora Avenue North when he collided with a light pole on the west side of Aurora after driving off the road on a right curve. The impact of the collision caused the Camry to flip over on it's top. The light pole broke off and scattered across two lanes of Aurora. The men were both extracted from the car by Seattle Fire Department crews and rushed to Harborview Medical Center where Clayton died.

The driver of the Camry was later booked into King County Jail after being released from the hospital. A witness who saw the collision told police that the Camry was speeding around the curve before it crashed into the light pole. Traffic going southbound on Aurora was stopped for nearly four hours as investigators processed the scene of the crash. Bail in the vehicular homicide case was set at $100,000, but was denied for a warrant the driver has for violating parole in Oregon.


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