Two men were killed early Sunday morning in a car crash on Tacoma’s East Side. The driver, Godwin Adeniyi, 23, lost control of the car after going through the intersection of East 96th and A streets, crashing the car into a tree.
Adeniyi was transported to a hospital, where he died shortly after arriving.
The passenger, Juan Arce Jr., 21, died at the scene of the accident. Arce was a private in the Army and had served in Kuwait from December 2005 to December 2006.
Police suspect that Adeny was either racing the car or chasing another car moments before losing control.
It appears clear that Mr. Arce was fatally injured as a result of Mr. Adeniyi’s negligent driving. Because both driver and passenger were killed in the crash, it will likely be necessary to open probate proceedings so Mr. Arce’s Estate (and any beneficiaries he may have) can bring claims against Mr. Adeniyi’s Estate (and collect any available insurance proceeds).