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Man charged in serious-injury crash Friday on SR 410 near Buckley

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 3, 2009 at 8:25 am |
November 3, 2009 8:27 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 51-year-old man in connection with a serious-injury crash Friday on State Route 410 near Buckley.

Vernon Tracy Pitts was arraigned Monday on vehicular assault and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He’s being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Troopers responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 410 and Mundy Loss Road near Buckley about 12:15 p.m. Friday.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Through the investigation, troopers learned that Pitts was driving a motor home. He had a red light for his direction at the intersection.

The victim’s vehicle was headed north on Mundy Loss Road and entered the intersection to turn left onto State Route 410.

The vehicle was hit in the driver’s side by the motor home.

The driver of the struck vehicle, a 64-year-old woman, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment. The rear-seat passenger, an 87-year-old man, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for life threatening injuries.

Troopers contacted Pitts at the scene. His eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred.  He reported he had two to three beers and taking several medications. A strong odor of intoxicants came from his breath as he spoke.

Pitts refused voluntary field sobriety tests. Troopers learned his license had been suspended because of a previous refusal to take a breath test.

Investigators were waiting for the results of a blood draw from Pitts.

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