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Man charged in hit-and-run crash in Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 7, 2011 at 7:04 am with 8 Comments »
November 7, 2011 7:04 am

Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges against a man suspected of causing a serious-injury crash last week in Tacoma, then fleeing the scene.

The crash occurred just before 10:50 p.m. Nov. 1 at the intersection of South 12th Street and Union Avenue. Witnesses reported that a speeding Bronco ran a red light at the intersection and struck a Ford Explorer that was making a right turn, court documents state.

The Bronco caught fire and a neighbor doused it with a fire extinguisher. The driver then walked away from the scene.

The driver of the Explorer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a dislocated wrist, a cut above one eye and internal bleeding, court documents state.

A records check revealed Benjamin Hill, 24, owned the Bronco. Officers went to his Tacoma home but his brother said he wasn’t there.

The next morning, Hill reported his Bronco stolen, court documents state. During an interview, detectives confronted Hill about the crash. Hill requested to speak with an attorney.

Investigators obtained a search warrant to view Hill’s shoulder and chest area. Investigators believed the driver of the Bronco would have bruises and markings in that area from the crash, court documents state.

Hill had noticeable bruises.

Prosecutors charged Hill on Friday with vehicular assault and failure to remain at the scene of an injury accident. He was arraigned and ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. saywhat253 says:

    idiot gets what he deserves all he had to do was stay at the scene

  2. gonefishin69690 says:

    The last year of the Bronco was 1996. Probably a poc and not insured

  3. Tacoma_Born says:

    Huh. Wonder which cop or prosecutor knew the victim and therefore cared enough to press charges. This is almost exactly what happened to me…except for the part about the hit-and-runner being held accountable.

  4. MrMoPar426 says:

    Good question Tacoma_Born. There is no protection or relief for victims of hit and run. Two years ago a drunk 19 year old girl crashed through my property doing a lot of damage. She was easily identified, and I pursued the prosecutor until charges were finally filed. She was fined and sentenced to community service. How did that help me? Nada. I had to go to court to get a judgement against her. Did that fix it? Nope. I haven’t seen a penny, and just get a sob story about how she can’t get work and the system is letting her down. GIMMEE A BREAK!

  5. Dave98373 says:

    These days are there more and more drivers out there driving with no insurance, no license, expired registration, and no job which mean they have no money. Not only do victim’s get left paying for expenses and suffer injuries that they may endure as a result, but also insurance premiums rise for the rest of us. And to add insult to injury, if they do end up in jail they are a further burden on the system which the taxpayer’s pay for.

  6. Dave98373: I have never understood why we are not required to show proof of insurance in order to register a vehicle and insurance companies required to notify state if/when insurance is cancelled so the registration can be revoked. If state law is going to require insurance then require the proof to be shown for a vehicle to be legally operable on the streets. This would solve the need for so many of us to carry uninsured motorist coverage and possibly result in lower rates.

  7. alindasue says:

    Niner1 said, “This would solve the need for so many of us to carry uninsured motorist coverage and possibly result in lower rates.”

    Given the number of people who drive on suspended licenses, we’d likely still have uninsured people driving their unregistered cars. I’d keep the uninsured motorist coverage.

  8. Sometimes really good people make really bad choices. It’s what they do with what they learn that makes the difference. His family loves him and misses him.

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