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UPDATE: Driver dies, passenger injured during one-car crash near Enumclaw
Both a driver and passenger were rushed to Harborview Medical Center Saturday morning after a compact car left state Route 164, crossed a lane of traffic and crashed into a stand of trees.
The trouble was, the 1993 Honda Prelude was hidden by vegetation and was not discovered for hours. According to Washington State Patrol reports, the accident occurred about 1:45 a.m. and was finally seen by people walking in the area at approximately 7:10 a.m.
The Honda was eastbound on SR 164, crossed the westbound lane and crashed near the intersection of Southeast 392nd Street.
According to WSP documents, the vehicle was being driven by Derek T. Phifer, 26, of Bonney Lake. His passenger was 27-year-old Tristan E. Plew of Kirkland, Wash. Monday afternoon, it was announced Phifer died as a result of his injuries.
A State Patrol press release indicated alcohol was a contributing factor to the accident.
Traffic was detoured for nearly four hours Saturday morning while the State Patrol investigated.