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Buckley 19-year-old killed in crash near Wilkeson

A 19-year-old Buckley woman died in a car accident approximately five miles south of Wilkeson on state Route 165 at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Katherine Fink, a passenger in the vehicle, sustained life threatening injuries and died at the scene when the vehicle lost control and rolled onto its top. Fink was partially ejected and pinned beneath the vehicle, according to reports by the Washington State Patrol.

The accident occurred when the driver, identified by the WSP as 22-year-old Si D. Clark, an Orting man, was driving a black 2000 Ford F350 pickup northbound on state Route 165 and failed to negotiate a right curve and drove into a ditch left of the roadway. The truck reportedly traveled about 200 feet in the ditch before flipping on its top.

Clark was transported to St. Claire Hospital in Lakewood where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Another passenger, 19-year-old Nicole Crawford of Edgewood, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. None of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time, the State Patrol reported.

Clark was arrested for vehicular homicide and will be charged once he is released from the hospital. According to a press release from the Washington State Patrol, trooper Conan Higgins believes Clark was impaired by alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the accident. An odor of alcohol was noticed on Clark and filled the passenger compartment of the Ford, according to the press release. Several open beer cans were also found in and around the vehicle.

According to witnesses, the three occupants of the pickup had been drinking with friends at a nearby park for off-road vehicles just prior to the incident.

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