Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old man accused of crashing his car in August in Buckley, then leaving his mortally wounded passenger behind.
Ryan R. Bogue was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and failure to remain at the scene of a deadly accident. A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Prosecutors allege Bogue was driving his father’s Pontiac G6 eastbound on 112th Street East shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 3. The car slide off the roadway and struck a power pole in the 29000 block. The force of the crash tore the car in half, charging documents state.
First responders found Traevon Norton, 17, lying on the side of the roadway after being ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead minutes later. A bottle of whiskey was found on the driver’s floor board.
A woman called 911 to report her brother had just called and said he totalled his car. Officers found Bogue a short time later at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He had injuries to his face, arms and hands, charging documents state.
Bogue told investigators he’d had three beers. He said he crashed the car because he was trying to avoid three deer, charging documents state.
Bogue’s blood was drawn and the analysis showed he had alcohol, THC and substances commonly found in prescription depressants in his system.
Washington State Patrol detectives inspected the crashed Pontiac and downloaded the data from the airbag control system.
The information showed that the Pontiac had been going 57 mph when it crashed. Seconds before, it had been doing 86 mph, charging documents state.
The posted speed limit is 35 mph.