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Deputies searching for driver who ran over, critically injured man in Spanaway

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm with No Comments »
May 4, 2012 3:17 pm

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are searching for the driver who hit and ran over a 23-year-old man Thursday night, critically injuring him.

The victim suffered several broken bones and other life threatening injuries, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday.

The Sheriff’s Department provided the following information.

The victim and a friend had been in a parked truck at the Shell gas station, 22321 Mountain Highway E., in Spanaway about 8:50 p.m. A dark-colored SUV parked next to their vehicle and the SUV’s driver and the victim argued.

The victim got out of his truck  and stood in front of the SUV. The SUV’s driver punched the accelerator, hitting the victim.

The victim tried to hold onto the hood of the SUV, then fell under the vehicle. He was pinned underneath and dragged about 20 feet before the driver backed the SUV off the victim.

When the victim’s friend walked up to the SUV, the SUV driver again ran over the victim.  The SUV then drove out of the parking lot.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a small, late-model SUV similar to a Nissan Xterra. It was possibly black or dark blue.

The driver was described as a white man in his 30s. A white woman in her 30s was in the passenger’s seat.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the case. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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