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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 |
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.

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