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Man charged in August 2009 fatal wreck

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
January 4, 2010 2:04 pm

Pierce County prosecutors last week charged a 30-year-old man with vehicular homicide for allegedly causing a traffic collision in which a woman suffered fatal injuries.

Joseph Jimmie Diraddo has been summoned to court Jan. 13 for arraignment.

Prosecutors allege in charging papers that Diraddo was at the wheel of a Ford pickup that crossed the center line on state Highway 162 near Sumner on Aug. 27 and smashed head-on into a Subaru Legacy driven by Maria Davila.

Davila, 65, died at a local hospital from injuries sustained in the wreck.

Troopers who questioned Diraddo immediately after the collision wrote in reports that it appeared he was high on drugs. They also found evidence of drug use in his pickup, according to charging papers.

Blood obtained from Diraddo shortly after the crash was tested for drugs and alcohol. It showed traces of methamphetamine and other drugs, charging papers state.

Diraddo told troopers he used methamphetamine the day before the wreck but didn’t think it impaired his driving ability the morning of the crash.

Diraddo said he was tired from being up with his children the night before and may have taken his eyes off the road while reaching for his cellular telephone or cigarettes, according to the charging papers.

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