James G. Black died from blunt force head injury, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Black had a last known address in Idaho, according to Kent Police spokesman Jarod Kasner. Black died at the scene.
Paramedics transported the passenger in Black’s vehicle, a 25-year-old Bremerton woman, to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with unknown injuries, Kasner said.
Black reportedly ran a red light while westbound on South 196th Street and his vehicle collided with a semi going south on 68th Avenue South, aka the West Valley Highway, at about 12:45 a.m.
This marks the second death at the intersection in the last four years. Brandon Gonzalez, 17, of Kent, died in October 2013 when his car collided with a King County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.