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Vehicular homicide suspected in Spanaway crash

Post by Mike Archbold on Aug. 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm with 1 Comment »
August 10, 2010 3:38 pm

Pierce County Sheriff detectives are investigating a 20-year-old Spanaway man for vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal two-car crash early Saturday morning that killed one of his two passengers.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner identified the dead man as Samuel R. Powell, 21, of Tacoma. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the back seat through the front window in the collision, according to sheriff’s Det. Ed Troyer.

The driver and the other passenger in the 1989 Honda Civic escaped serious injury, he said. The second passenger was 22 years old and also from Spanaway.

Troyer said the Honda was eastbound on 224th Street East about 1:20 a.m. at a high rate of speed, went through a red light at 46th Avenue East and T-boned a minivan.
The driver of the minivan, a 32-year-old woman from Spanaway, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Troyer said witnesses told investigators that the Honda was going at a high rate of speed and was passing cars before it crashed. Alcohol also was a factor, he added.

The impact of the crash tore a wheel off the Chrysler minivan and sent it flying through the garage door of a house, he said.

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  1. nicoleleigh says:

    I was with Samuel that night and seen the accident. Rees(Samuel) would of never wanted the driver to get this charge but I guess there is nothing we can do. I just wish this never happened but shoulda coulda woulda will never help and reverse what happened and we cant beat ourselfs up over Rees’es death. I know people might not understand what I’m about to say but god does everything for a reason and to touch peoples lifes and teach us lessons and trust me it has done both to me. Rees would never want us to be sad and depressed about him passing away , he would want us to celebrate the times he was with us and walk away from this with a lesson learned. We love you Rees and you will always be in our hearts and memories..

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