Photo courtesy of Mercer Island Police Department

Photo courtesy of Mercer Island Police Department

Teen pinned under car in DUI accident on Mercer Island

The girl was pinned after the 16-year-old driver drunkenly backed over the edge of a ravine.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 8:30am
  • News

A teen was pinned under a car after the drunk 16-year-old driver of the vehicle drove over an embankment on Sunday in Mercer Island.

At approximately 1 a.m., Mercer Island Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the 6400 block of East Mercer Way for a reported vehicle over an embankment with a subject trapped underneath.

When units arrived, they found the vehicle approximately 15 feet off the roadway, at a steep angle and discovered that a 16-year-old female was pinned under the car, according to Mercer Island police. Members of the Mercer Island Fire Department worked to stabilize the vehicle and called additional resources from Bellevue Fire Department as well as Eastside Fire and Rescue.

At approximately 3 a.m., the rescue crews were able to lift and stabilize the car enough to get the girl out from under the vehicle and into an awaiting medic unit. All indications at the scene pointed to possible minor injuries, however she was transported to the hospital for further evaluation, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was contacted by police and found to be intoxicated, according to Mercer Island police. The driver was arrested for DUI and transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Initial investigation found that the driver was backing from a driveway, in the 6400 block of East Mercer Way, and started to go over the embankment. The victim, who was a passenger in the car, got out to check how far the car was off the roadway when gravity took control and the vehicle slid further down pinning her under the car.

There were no other injuries and as of 4 a.m., the roadway was still blocked pending the removal of the vehicle from the ravine.

Photo courtesy of Mercer Island Police Department

Photo courtesy of Mercer Island Police Department

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