Two Tukwila Teens Killed By DUI Driver on the Eve of Graduation - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Two Tukwila Teens Killed By DUI Driver on the Eve of Graduation

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TUKWILA, Wash.- A survivor of a two car collision that killed two Federal Way teenagers on the eve of high school graduation says he feels "too lucky" to be alive. 19-year-old Anthony Beaver is mourning the death of his two friends— Derek King and Nicholas Hodgins—after their car was rear-ended by an SUV on Interstate 5 Wednesday night. Hodgins died Thursday at a Seattle hospital, while King died at the scene.  

Beaver calls his survival "a miracle", but says he'd suffer any injury he had to if it meant he could see his friends again.  

Troopers believe the driver of the SUV that hit the teens, 50-year-old Alexander Peder from Kirkland, had been drinking. He was arrested Thursday, shortly after his release from Harborview Medical Center. According to authorities, Peder has had several DUI arrests.  

Beaver says nothing can replace his two friends killed by the SUV driver, but take some comfort in knowing the three best friends spent the day together and had a great time.

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