Young Woman Killed in Seattle Crane Accident a Recent Graduate of Pasadena’s Futures Academy

Published : Monday, April 29, 2019 | 4:47 AM

A young woman killed in a Seattle crane accident Saturday afternoon had grown up in South Pasadena and graduated from Futures Academy, a private school in Pasadena.

Sarah Wong, 19, a freshman at Seattle Pacific University, was killed about 3:30 p.m. when a construction tower crane being dismantled atop Google’s new Seattle campus collapsed onto one of Seattle’s busiest thoroughfares.

The collapse spilled sections of the massive crane onto a building and the streets below, killing two ironworkers who were disassembling it and crushing an Uber driver’s car in which Wong was riding.

A second passenger riding with Wong survived but was among those injured.

Falling sections of the crane struck six cars. A total of four people died and another four were injured.

Lauren Tan, one of Wong’s best friends, told media outlets that Wong loved to laugh and sing with her friends. Wong wanted to attend a smaller college and planned to become a neonatal nurse.

“She spread so much love, encouragement and kindness to everyone around her,” Tan told KCBS TV’s Leslie Marin.

Wong was a student at South Pasadena High School during her freshman year and took part in track and field there before transferring and graduating from Futures Academy  (formerly Halstrom Academy).

Wong had been a member of the Futures Academy prom court.

She was the daughter of longtime South Pasadena residents Henry and Andrea Wong, and is survived by her brother, Aaron.

Her family flew to Seattle on Saturday.

Seattle Pacific University issued a statement: “While we grieve the sudden and tragic loss of our precious student, we draw comfort from each other. We ask that the community join us in praying for Sarah’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Investigators have opened multiple investigations into what went wrong and why traffic had not been diverted around the area while the work went on.

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