Two victims identified in fiery car crash along East Valley Highway near Kent, Auburn

Single-car wreck north of South 277th Street

A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old man died in a fiery single-car crash last week along the East Valley Highway near Kent.

David Kharlanov, 27, died from smoke inhalation, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Sergey Lakotiy, died from multiple blunt force injury.

Friends and relatives of Kharlanov identified Lakotiy as the driver of the car in a gofundme page account.

Lakotiy was driving a 2007 BMW M6 northbound at a high rate of speed at about 5:30 a.m. on June 13 near the 26800 block of the East Valley Highway, lost control and went down an embankment on the west side of the road, said King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Abbott in a phone interview. The rear end of the car struck a large tree and the vehicle burst into flames.

Both people inside the car were dead when police officers and firefighters arrived.

Traffic investigators found long skid marks along the highway. The car had racing tires without much traction and it had been raining, Abbott said. A BMW M6 is a high-performance car.

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