Young couple killed in Benson Hill crash

A young couple was killed in a single-car accident at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Benson Hill area.

A young couple was killed in a single-car accident at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Benson Hill area.

The victims, who were engaged, were identified as Gus Shaffer, 22, and Sydney Rachelle Mitchell-Lowery, 23. According to Renton police, Shaffer lived near the scene of the accident.

The county medical examiner ruled their deaths accidental.

The accident occurred near the intersection of 112th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 162nd Street. It was the first fatal accident the Renton Police Department has investigated in the newly annexed Benson Hill area, according to police spokeswoman, Penny Bartley.

Speed may have been a factor in the accident, according to police. The posted speed limit is 25 mph. Shaffer apparently was driving the 1996 Ford Explorer, according to police.

The car drove into a drainage ditch and then flipped, striking a landscaped cement retaining wall approximately 60 feet from the driveway, according to Renton Police Commander Kent Curry.

The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Screenshot from fredhutch.org
Fred Hutch seeks volunteers of color for COVID-19 study

Research company recently released a Spanish-language version of the website for accessibility, inclusivity.

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn hands the van keys over to Vision House Executive Director Melissa Gehrig.
Vision House receives van donation

Families experiencing homeless will soon have reliable transportation to attend job interviews and work toward important housing goals on their journeys out of homelessness

High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

A new paper outlines a potential plan for the region.

Photo of Lakeridge Lutheran Church. Courtesy photo.
REACH Center of Hope finds new home on West Hill

All of REACH’s services that support families who are homeless will now have a central location

Should state cover school bus costs if there are no riders?

With funding tied to getting students to school, districts are uncertain how much money they’ll receive.

Virtual town halls coming up for unincorporated King County

Events throughout September and October via Zoom will cater to different areas of the region.

A vacant building that went up in flames Aug. 27 at the corner of Pacific Highway S. and S. 279th St. in Federal Way. Fire investigators declared the blaze to be an arson. Photo courtesy of South King Fire Commissioner Bill Fuller
Renton man possibly connected to Federal Way arsons

Officers found several lighters and butane fuel in his possession while arresting the man on Aug. 28.

Stock photo
Renton woman pleads guilty to purchasing firearms for ‘violent street gangs’

According to case records, a 41-year-old Renton woman provided the guns to her son, who modified them and sold them to gang members

Most Read