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UPDATED: Driver sought after deadly hit-and-run in Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:48 am with 9 Comments »
November 18, 2010 9:56 am

Tacoma police were searching for a driver who fled the scene of a deadly hit-and-run crash along Sixth Avenue late Wednesday.

About 11:50 p.m., a pickup truck was going eastbound in the 4600 block of Sixth Avenue. A witness reported that the truck was speeding when it lost control, drifted into the parking lane and hit three parked vehicles, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The driver, described as a white man in his 40s, got out and ran from the crashed truck. The passenger in the vehicle, a 44-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police dog searched the area but did not find the driver, Fulghum said. The police department’s traffic fatality team was called out to the crash and launched an investigation.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the identity of the passenger because his family has not yet been notified of his death.

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  1. Gaikokujin says:

    LOL come on TNT post a full new report, what kind of car was it, give the description

  2. Gaikokujin: Those details have not yet been released by the Tacoma Police Department. I am trying to get more details and will update the story when more information is released.

  3. Devinc253 says:

    Honestly.. This is tacoma.. Stuff like this just happens here constantly.

  4. Makes me wonder if he ran because he was drunk or high…or if he maybe has a warrant on him. No matter the reason, he should have not run since now it will be so much worse for him than it would have been had he stuck around and taken it like a man.

  5. Shattah206 says:

    Stacey, cross streets are so much more helpful for reference than “4600 block” of numbered streets.

    (and of course he was drunk, high, had warrants, or all three)

  6. Because the way the laws are written, a drunk driver involved in any type of accident is better off fleeing the scene as they thereby avoid the risk of being charged with DUI and the enhancements that come with it for any associated crimes such as hit & run or fatalities. Just look what happened to the drunk/impaired mother who killed her two sons and got off, and a lot of that was just because the jury rationalized acquittal by her BAC testing being delayed by 3 hours and fell .01 percent below the statutory threshold of proof of intoxication.

    Delaying an investigation or leaving the scene are the tools successfully used to avoid DUI consequences. Until the laws are changed, fleeing the scene is only going to be encouraged as the ‘best defense’.

  7. aranciata says:

    “described as a white man….”

    I thought the News Buffoon had a policy of not publishing the race (or pigmentation) of suspects. I guess that policy only applies to some, but not to others.

  8. I’m thinking that the de facto negligent homicide and hit & run “enhancements” ought to be enough to garner this guy a stay in the juzgao, other impairments nothwithstanding.

  9. ashley33 says:

    I live right across the street and saw the smashed in truck and all the damage and the life this caused. This is the second accident that has happened this year on 6th ave between orchard and stevens. I really wish people would slow down and not drink and drive on busy streets. I keep seeing neighbors cars and trucks getting picked off one by one, due to other people drinking and driving really fast. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family who lost a love one. The driver needs to give himself up so the family can have closure. Please stop drinking and driving fast down 6th ave.

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