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Prosecutors charge motorcyclist who abandoned critically injured passenger

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 3, 2012 at 10:14 am |
August 3, 2012 10:14 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old Tacoma man accused of abandoning his critically injured passenger after crashing his motorcycle July 26.

Philip Mack faces one count of vehicular assault and one count of felony hit and run. A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The collision occurred in the 1900 block of Marine View Drive in Tacoma. Witnesses told police they saw Mack speeding up to 70 mph before he swerved around a vehicle, lost control and laid the bike down.

A 22-year-old woman on the back of the motorcycle was thrown into nearby bushes. Mack and passersby went to check on the woman, who was unconscious.

Mack “then returned to the fallen motorcycle, started it up and drove away from the scene, leaving his helmet…” according to charging papers.

The woman was taken to Tacoma General Hospital. She suffered two brain hemorrhages, a broken right leg and fractures in her right femur, chest cavity and right rib. She has not regained consciousness.

Mack suffered road rash and abrasions to roughly 90 percent of his body, authorities said.

Mack’s father called police the day after the crash to tell them his son was going to the hospital. He also directed officers to the motorcycle.

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