18-year-old Issaquah teen dies in I-405 car crash
By CELESTE GRACEY
Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer
February 3, 2011 · Updated 12:01 PM
An 18-year-old Issaquah High School lacrosse player died in a three-car collision on I-405 Tuesday.
Tyler Lucas, a Chrysalis High School senior, had a successful athletic career and planned to play lacrosse at Dominican University in California next year.
Late Tuesday morning, the teen was driving in the left-hand lane on I-405 when he quickly moved his Dodge Neon to the middle lane to avoid traffic that was slowing, according to a Washington State Patrol release.
He lost control of the car and struck the back of a gold Chevy Suburban, before spinning in front of a green Honda, where his car was struck on the driver’s side.
While the incident is still under investigation, speeds too fast for traffic conditions were a major contributing factor, according to the Patrol.
Lucas was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died.
The driver of the Suburban was taken to nearby Overlake for treatment, and the driver of the green Honda only had minor injuries.
All three drivers were wearing seat belts.Contact Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer Celeste Gracey at email@example.com or 425-391-0363.