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Originally published Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Community mourns Bothell teen killed in car accident

A steady stream of friends, family and the curious on Tuesday stopped by a makeshift memorial to a popular Bothell High School student killed...

A steady stream of friends, family and the curious on Tuesday stopped by a makeshift memorial to a popular Bothell High School student killed in a one-car accident Saturday morning.

Nicole Lehtinen, 16, was a passenger in a car driven by a friend that veered off 61st Avenue Northeast and struck a chain-link fence. An exposed piece of piping from the fence went through the windshield, striking Lehtinen.

The driver's name was not released.

Friends and relatives are questioning why the fence, apparently damaged some time before the accident, had gone unrepaired, leaving the pipe along the top exposed, creating a hazard.

"Somebody should have taken care of it," Lehtinen's aunt Joan Zefkeles told KING-TV. "She should not have been impaled by a piece of chain-link fence."

A spokesperson for the city of Kenmore, which owns the site, had no comment.

According to KING, investigators said speed, drugs and alcohol were not factors in the accident.

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