Federal Way woman killed in Kent car crash identified

Carla Avelino Cayetano, 22, remembered as ‘a remarkably funny, intelligent and beautiful soul’

A Federal Way woman who died in a Kent single-vehicle crash has been identified as Carla Avelino Cayetano.

Avelino Cayetano died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. She was 22.

Her vehicle crashed into a ravine at about 1:55 a.m. Oct. 7 near South 208th Street and 96th Avenue South, just east of WinCo Foods, according to Kent Police. Initial police reports listed her age as 26.

Officers quickly arrived in the area, located the vehicle, and had to cut through vegetation to approach the car, according to police. Avelino Cayetano died at the scene. She was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Witnesses said that the vehicle had originally been westbound on South 212th Street at a “high rate of speed” just prior to leaving the roadway, according to police.

Alexia Esqueda, of Seattle, organized a GoFundMe account for Avelino Cayetano, her sister-in-law, to help pay for funeral expenses.

“She was not only the oldest aunt my children knew but also a remarkably funny, intelligent and beautiful soul,” Esqueda wrote. “Her outgoing personality and zest for life touched the hearts of everyone she met.”

Avelino Cayetano was a first-generation immigrant who helped her family with translations and interpretations to better their lives, Esqueda said.

“Tragically, we have lost her far too soon, and our family is left grappling with the immense pain and grief of this unexpected loss,” Esqueda said. “As we strive to give her the farewell she deserves, we are faced with the financial burden of arranging a proper funeral service and burial.

“Your generous contributions will go towards covering the costs of funeral services, transportation, and burial expenses. Any excess funds will be used to create a lasting memorial in her name, celebrating the wonderful person she was.”

Avelino Cayetano was a member of Renton Hot Yoga|RCF Studio, according to the company’s Facebook page.

“She was such a bright light in many of our classes,” according to the post.

RCF Studio held a class Oct. 11 in honor of Avelino Cayetano and to help raise funds for her family and funeral expenses.