OCEAN PARK, Wash. - Law enforcement officials want to know how David Carter came to be in the middle of the road the night he died.

The Long Beach Peninsula teenager was run over by two vehicles in the early morning hours of Aug. 20.

His mother, Maria Garibay Carter, said her 19-year-old son was killed on his way home from work in the early morning hours. He had just gotten off work at the Shoalwater Restaurant in Seaview that Tuesday morning and was heading home when he was run over by two vehicles on State Route 103 just north of Cranberry Road.

Both drivers called 9-1-1 for law enforcement help and told Washington State Patrol troopers that the teenager was lying in the northbound lane of Cranberry Road when they struck him.

What family members want to know is how Carter ended up there.

He got off work that night at 12:20 a.m. at the Shoalwater Restaurant and was last seen by a waitress there, who said she didn't think there was anything unusual about the way he acted before he left, his family said.

His brother, Nick, 24, who worked with David that night, left the Shoalwater at 9 p.m. and said he expected David would hitch-hike home, which he had been known to do.

It is approximately five miles from the Shoalwater Restaurant to where the youth was run over.

"I don't think there was any way he could have gotten to Cranberry Road on foot by the time he was hit," said Nick Carter. "He didn't walk that fast. He had a real slow gait when he walked."

Results of an autopsy were inconclusive, said Pacific County Coroner Mike Smith, who is waiting for toxicology results which would show whether there was any alcohol or drugs in the youth's system when he died.

Pacific County Sheriff John Didion is working with the State Patrol on the investigation. "We would appreciate any information from anyone who may have had contact with or noticed David hitch-hiking or walking on SR 103 that night," said Didion.

State Patrol Trooper Glen Tyrrell also urged the public to step forward. "If anyone has any information about the events of Aug. 20, we are asking them to call us."

To report information, contact Detective John Huntington at the Washington State Patrol office in Bremerton at (360) 405-6643 or the Pacific County Sheriff's Office at (360) 642-9403.

David Carter's body was cremated and a memorial service is planned Wednesday. Donations to help with funeral costs may be made at all branches of Bank of the Pacific.


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