The young man was hanging out of the car when he fell, said Trooper Rick Johnson, citing witnesses.
Police say a young man was killed early Monday when he fell out of a light-colored BMW that hit a guardrail while southbound on Interstate 405 near Northeast 85th Street in Kirkland.
The man, who died from multiple blunt force injuries, was identified Monday afternoon as 18-year-old Sidney Jahn, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson said a witness told police the victim appeared to be leaning out of the rear passenger side window when the car struck a guardrail around 3:40 a.m.
The witness told police the car was being driven erratically just before the man fell, Johnson said.
“Whether that’s true and if that’s what made him fall, we don’t know yet,” said Johnson.
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Johnson said Jahn was declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle did not stop, according to Johnson, but someone who was inside the car — either the driver or another passenger — called a short time later and told officers that he or she wished to speak to police. The person did not show up, Johnson said.
But when police started looking around, he said, they found the BMW believed to be involved, parked in front of the Juanita View Apartments in Kirkland.
Johnson had earlier said that one witness reported seeing the victim hanging out of the car’s sunroof before the fatal incident, but Johnson later said it was not clear if that report concerned the same incident.