Washington State Patrol officials say 20-year-old Curtis J. Guerrero-Marquez may have been high on marijuana and racing another vehicle when he crashed, killing the female passenger.
The vehicle was traveling westbound on West Badger Road when it sped off the road, flipped and crashed into a power pole. The broken pole landed on top of the overturned car, trapping the young woman inside the vehicle. Firefighters managed to free the unresponsive woman who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers searched the black vehicle and say they located drug paraphernalia.
Guerrero-Marquez was taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment, and is expected to survive. Investigators say Guerrero-Marquez admitted to smoking marijuana before driving, and that he had previously been racing another car.
Troopers believe the other racing car is maroon, and are working to uncover the identity of the driver.