Teen killed after high speed rollover crash in Graham

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on August 15, 2013 at 6:16 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 7:40 PM

GRAHAM, Wash. -- A teenager was killed after he was ejected from a car that rolled over in Graham Thursday morning.
 
Eighteen-year-old Zachary Statezni, who was a passenger, was thrown from the car and killed.
 
A friend of the family released a statement, which said, "Zach's warm and loving nature will be missed more than we can express. Our hearts are broken."
 
The accident happened just after midnight on State Route 161 at 238th Street East. The Washington State Patrol said the driver, 17, was going between 80 and 85 mph before losing control of the 2005 Dodge Neon. The car ended up on private property.
 
The 17-year-old boy who was driving was taken to Tacoma General Hospital. He was last listed in serious condition and is expected to survive. He has been placed into custody for investigation of vehicular homicide.
 
A 17-year-old boy who was also a passenger survived and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.
 
"Stuff like this just shouldn't happen," witness Lori Jeffries said. "It's just sad and I just keep thinking about the parents. It's a horrible thing."

Statezni was going into his senior year at Graham Kapowsin High. A family friend said he wanted to be a firefighter.

The family is planning a candlelight vigil at Frontier Park 8 p.m. Friday.
 
 KING 5's Adam Mertz contributed to this report.

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