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Published: Sunday, February 1, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

Everett teen dies in early-morning crash

  • A car passes by a roadside memorial at the site of a Saturday morning accident on E. Marine View Drive in Everett.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    A car passes by a roadside memorial at the site of a Saturday morning accident on E. Marine View Drive in Everett.

EVERETT -- At 12:39 a.m. Saturday, Karen Nguyen got a text message: Her niece said she was coming home from a friend's birthday party in Marysville.
She never arrived.
Around 12:45 a.m., a 1994 Honda Civic carrying the Everett girl, 15, and her boyfriend, 18, lost control in the 800 block of northbound E. Marine View Drive. It crashed against the concrete median barrier, fatally injuring the girl.
"She told me she was on her way home," Nguyen, 16, said.
The girls lived together with Nguyen's family in Everett not far from the crash site. "She lived with us practically my whole life," Nguyen said. "She was like a sister to me," she said, fighting back the tears."
The family had gone to sleep, but Nguyen stayed up waiting for her niece. She was still awake when the call from the hospital came at 3 a.m., informing her the girl had died.
Medics first rushed the injured teens to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said.
Chris Nadeau, of Everett, who was at a friend's place about two blocks away, was up at the time of the crash. She was drawn to the scene by sirens.
"The car was flipped upside down," she said.
Nadeau returned to the scene Saturday to pay her respects. "Such an innocent life lost. It just breaks your heart," she said.
The car's driver was later taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was listed in satisfactory condition Saturday night.
Officers were called to the scene after multiple reports of what sounded like cars racing along the road, Goetz said.
"It was a tragic collision. We hope we will be able to come up with some ideas about exactly what happened," he said.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the collision to call the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8450.
According to witnesses, a second car may have been racing on E. Marine View Drive when the wreck occurred, Goetz said. The only thing investigators know about that second car is that it was white or yellow.
Ryan Namsaly, 20, of Marysville said he knows the 18-year-old who was injured. He doesn't believe his friend was racing. "He said someone was following him and he tried to get away," Namsaly said.
Namsaly said the young couple were great together. "They've been together almost two years. They were really happy with each other," he said.
On Saturday night, small pieces of shattered glass glistened on the roadway. A dozen colorful balloons, tied to the concrete barrier, swayed in the wind beside candles and flowers.
"You're so special," read the heart-shaped balloons that Nguyen, Namsaly and Thu Nguyen, 16, of Everett, brought to the makeshift memorial.
They also brought a stuffed dog. It looked just like the dog the crash victim's boyfriend gave her for Christmas, Namsaly said.
A tear rolled down Thu ­Nguyen's cheek.
"She was a bubbly, happy person; she was adored by everyone." she said. "I lost my best friend, the one I grew up with,"

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