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Vaughn man pleads not guilty in wreck that killed Gig Harbor woman

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
October 26, 2011 3:52 pm

A 62-year-old man accused of causing a head-on crash that killed a Gig Harbor woman earlier this month pleaded not guilty this afternoon to vehicular homicide.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge pro-tem Gary Steiner ordered Marvin Odell Moody of Vaughn jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

The crash occurred about 8:20 p.m. Oct. 9 on state Route 302 at 144th Street Northwest.

State troopers reported Candice A. Baima, 51, was driving her Ford Explorer west on Route 302 when the pickup Moody was driving crossed the centerline and smashed into her.

Witnesses told troopers the pickup was swerving all over the road before the crash, and evidence suggested Baima tried to avoid the collision by driving onto the shoulder.

Moody allegedly told investigators he was on medication, court records show, and troopers found 21 prescription bottles in his truck.

Authorities said he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Sept. 24 and also was involved in a crash at a T-intersection about a week before that, they said.

Baima’s daughter also was injured in the crash.

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