Teen killed in Buckley crash

This is an update from an earlier story.

One young man was killed and another injured during a single-car crash in Buckley.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 3 on 112th Street East, near the point where 112th meets state Route 410.

Buckley Police Chief Jim Arsanto has been hesitant to release details, as an investigation is ongoing.

“At this point in the investigation, we’re looking at felony hit-and-run and vehicular homicide,” he said.

Details remain sketchy, but Arsanto confirmed a Pontiac passenger car was traveling eastbound on 112th. There were two males in the vehicle, he said, a 17-year-old from Puyallup and a 19-year-old from the Bonney Lake area. The chief said the 17-year-old died at the scene and the 19-year-old was injured.

The deceased has been identified as Traevon Norton. The driver’s name had not been released by early this week, as he had not yet been charged.

The survivor did not call for help, Arsanto said, instead phoning a friend. The survivor was picked up and taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw before being transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Aug. 3 crash was the second fatality – both involving teenagers – to rattle Buckley in less than three weeks.

Shortly after 2 a.m. July 15, Chad Albright was killed when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve on state Route 165 just south of town.


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