NME Guitarist KURT STRUEBING: Bridge Crash Scene Slideshow Posted Online

March 11, 2005

A slideshow containing pictures of the scene where NME founder Kurt Struebing was killed earlier this week can be accessed at this location.

Kurt Struebing, 39, died when his car plunged off the lower West Seattle Bridge on Wednesday, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.

In April 1986, Struebing killed his adoptive mother, Darlee Struebing, 53, with a hatchet and a pair of scissors. Friends said he had been using drugs, prosecutors believed he was mentally unstable and he was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Released early from prison in 1994, Struebing soon picked up his guitar again and NME was reformed.

Investigators remained puzzled by why he drove his Volkswagen Jetta past several stopped cars and through two barriers on Spokane Street as the span opened for a tugboat Wednesday on the Duwamish Waterway.

He died as the small car fell more than 50 feet to the ground.

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