1 teen killed, 3 others hospitalized after violent crash into tree

August 1, 2019

All four teens were taken to local hospitals by Central Pierce Fire. The 16-year-old boy who was driving was in critical condition and later died at the hospital. He was identified as Diego Villegas.

The surviving teens are expected to be OK.

Puyallup police said the car was heading east on Stewart at a high rate of speed when Villegas tried to pass another car, lost control and hit the tree.  Investigators say he was driving at least 50 mph over the speed limit in a 35 mph zone.

According to Puyallup Police Captain Portmann, the teenagers are all boys ages 16 or 17 who had been at a house party where there were about a dozen kids. The homeowners were out of town and unaware there was a party, he said.

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