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.