Teen driver rolls car in Aberdeen

A teenage driver flipped the car he was driving after he took a sharp turn too fast and lost control of the vehicle, police said Friday.

Just before 3 p.m. Thursday, Aberdeen officers responded to the 600 Block of 7th Avenue where they found a 2000 Honda Civic laying on its passenger side on the side of the road, resting against a tree. Officer Jeff Weiss determined that the driver, a 17-year-old from Cosmopolis, was driving the Honda with a 14-year-old Grayland girl and a 15-year-old Aberdeen boy in the back seat. The Honda was registered to a relative of the male passenger.

Police think the driver was heading downhill on 7th Ave at an excessive rate of speed. The road is on a steep incline that has a 180-degree turn. The posted speed limit at the corner is 5 mph. According to police, he lost control of the car and it slid into a curb and then flipped onto the passenger side, coming to rest against a large tree on the hillside next to the road.
Police said the girl fled the scene, but was found later. No injuries were reported, but police said if the car hadn’t hit the tree it would have continued to roll down the hill, possibly resulting in serious injury. The driver was arrested for reckless driving taken to the Aberdeen Police Department where he was process and released. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have contributed to the incident.