Police: Passenger told driver, 19, to slow down before fatal crash

LONGVIEW, Wash. - Police in Longview, Wash. said a 19-year-old driver died after speeding down a street and losing control of his SUV after his passenger told him to slow down.

Tytus Karametos, 19, of Longview, was declared dead at the scene just before 10 p.m Sunday.

Investigators said the passenger in the Ford Escape, identified as Jacob Millikan, also 19, told them he warned Karametos to slow down, but as he did so, Karametos lost control of the SUV.

Police said Millikan told them Karametos was going 60 to 70 mph down Pennsylvania Street, which has a 25 mph speed limit.

The vehicle skidded, left the roadway and crashed into a tree in the 3300 block of Pennsylvania Street, police said. Investigators said Karametos was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

Millikan, whom police said informed them that he was wearing a seat belt, was taken to a local hospital and later released.

No other vehicles were involved. The crash is under investigation.