Sunday, December 19, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Police investigate early morning crash; driver missing

A silver Audi slammed into a guard rail at the intersection of Roy Street and 8th Ave North and came to rest only inches from a steep drop onto the underpass below during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 19. Police, fire and medics responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call at 3:30 a.m. but found no one inside the vehicle.

"The car must have been flying," said one officer, referring to the force needed to uproot the cement encased metal fence and to tear up the surrounding landscaping.

According to witnesses, a loud noise was heard approximately 20 minutes earlier and a passerby noticed a flashing taillight among the thick brush that line the walls of the underpass.

The scene, just a block west of the popular family-style restaurant, Buca di Beppo, is largely a commercial area. Two Lincoln towing trucks were called to the scene to wentch the car back onto the street.

The vehicle is registered to a Stanwood address and police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

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