A young Lake Stevens girl’s life came to a tragic end on Saturday, May 30 as she walked along the Highway 2 trestle at night.
Heather Nicole Trickler, a 15-year-old girl from Lake Stevens was found dead after being struck by a vehicle heading east on Highway 2, Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis said. Police are looking for the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle.
The body was discovered on Monday, June 1 by construction workers.
“There is a construction site south of the location and a construction worker called 911,” Francis said. “She was so badly injured she looked like she could be in her 20’s.”
Trickler lived with her father and stepmother and attended Sunnycrest Elementary School, North Lake Middle School and Cavelero Mid-High School.
However, she was not a current student at Cavelero, she was withdrawn back in February, Arlene Hulten, Community Relations Director for the Lake Stevens School District said.
“The family is not making any statements other than they are hoping that someone will come forward with information,” a family friend said. “The grief is absolutely incredible.”
Police are following leads and think that the driver stopped after striking Trickler.
“Investigators are working on some leads and talking with family and friends to find out why she was walking on the highway at that time of night,” Francis said.
Police are looking for a green GMC SUV or pick-up truck model from 1993 to 1999.
“There will be damage to the front passenger side,” Francis said.
If anyone has information regarding this hit and run please contact your nearest Washington State Patrol Office or call 911.
The Snohomish County medical examiner ruled that Trickler’s death was caused by her being struck by a vehicle.
The Lake Stevens School district is also offering counseling for any students who feel they need it, Hulten said.