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Kent, Washington – One Person Found Dead inside Submerged Vehicle Pulled from Star Lake

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Posted on October 14, 2019

Kent, Washington (October 7, 2019) – The body of a missing person was found inside a vehicle that had been submerged in Star Lake. The person is suspected to be the body of a 20 year-old Auburn man who had gone missing on September 30. The body has been turned over to the King County Medical Examiner for identification.

According to the report, the brother of the missing man was searching around Star lake when he found car parts at the boat launch. He then found the vehicle submerged in the area. The King County Marine Unit went over to the scene and found the body. Both the body and the vehicle has been removed from the water. Detectives are still looking into how the vehicle ended up in Star Lake.

About Car Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. While there appear to be few statistics and study related to injuries and/or fatalities involved with vehicle drowning, it is very clear that a car falling into water is a serious situation. When the car falls into water, the amount of water that comes inside the vehicle depends on the rate that the vehicle entered the water. When a car gently slips into water for example, water gets inside slower, but a more forceful crash can easily push the water inside the vehicle and displace the air within. This is because a car is not completely sealed in, and after being submerged it will only be matter of minutes until the vehicle’s interior is flooded. If the windows haven’t been broken by the impact, the water pressure outside the vehicle will make opening any doors or windows more difficult. In any case, the priority in this situation would be to get out as soon as possible, and it has been recommended that anyone trapped inside a submerged vehicle should try to open an exit.

While it pays to keep in mind the steps necessary to take in such a situation, the best way to handle an accident is to try and prevent it. Make sure to drive carefully on roads that are near bodies of water, and to be aware of other drivers on such roads. By following traffic regulations, we can easily help to avoid accidents that can result in injuries, loss or damage to us and the people around us.

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