State troopers responded to the scene, near the intersection of Highway 2 and 88th Street SE, at about 6 a.m. after receiving 911 calls about a serious crash.
Arriving at the scene, officers found a black 1995 Honda Accord and a blue 1992 Ford F-150 pickup that had been involved in a head-on collision. Both vehicles were damaged beyond repair.
A preliminary investigation found that the Honda was heading west on Hwy. 2 when it veered across the highway's center line and slammed head-on into the pickup, which was approaching from the opposite direction
The driver of the Honda was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he later died. Troopers are still trying to identify the man.
An investigation later determined that the Honda was stolen. Troopers took a theft report about the car early Thursday afternoon, and the owner said the vehicle had been last seen at a residence off Paradise Lake Road in Snohomish County around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
In addition, a shaved key or shank was found in the car's ignition and the vehicle's tags were expired.
The two occupants of the pickup, a 45-year-old father and 16-year-old son, were injured and taken to a local hospital. The father was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. The son reportedly has a broken arm.
The accident blocked both lanes of Highway 2 for about three hours, reopening at about 9 a.m.