A Newton South High School graduate died after he fell off an abandoned fuel tank at Gas Works Park in Seattle Friday, according to officials in the Seattle Police Department and the Newton School Department.
Lucas Voss-Kernan, 19, was headed to California on a “dream road trip” with his friends when the accident occurred, said Newton South’s principal, Joel Stembridge.
Gas Works Park is a 19-acre park in Seattle that used to be a gas-manufacturing plant.
It was opened to the public by the city as a park in 1975, said a spokeswoman for Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Voss-Kernan was in a fenced-off area and climbing on a fuel tank just after midnight when he fell, said Detective Mark Jamieson of the Seattle Police Department.
‘Usually, what happens is they get part way up or all the way up and they slip and fall.’
Periodically, Jamieson said, people scale the fences to climb the old gas plant structures that are still standing in the park.
“Usually, what happens is they get part way up or all the way up and they slip and fall,” he said.
Less than two weeks before Voss-Kernan fell, a 25-year-old broke his leg after climbing a tank in the park, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
A spokeswoman for the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Voss-Kernan died of blunt force trauma.
Stembridge said Voss-Kernan’s family asked him to share that Voss-Kernan’s death was not anyone’s fault.
Voss-Kernan was a 2010 graduate, said Stembridge, who described him as a “great friend to many — and a charismatic young man.”
Family members declined to comment.