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Kent man driver of car crash in Seattle that killed Federal Way woman

A car driven by a 24-year-old Kent man crashed Wednesday night along Interstate 5 in Seattle, killing one woman passenger and injuring five other passengers.

Drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash and the car also was traveling at a high rate of speed at about 11:50 p.m. southbound near the West Seattle exit when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and struck an attenuator (used to buffer crashes), according to a Washington State Patrol media release.

The crash killed Asha Salim, 20, of Federal Way, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office. Salim died at the scene of the accident. She was not wearing a seat belt.

The seven people - three men and four women ages 18-24 - were riding in a 1992 Cadillac El Dorado. Paramedics transported the driver and five injured passengers to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The injured included an 18-year-old Tukwila woman. The hometowns of the other passengers were not listed in the accident report.

The cause of the accident and any charges against the driver remained under investigation by the State Patrol.

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