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Prosecutors charge Fox Island man with hit-and-run accident in Gig Harbor

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
August 6, 2012 2:08 pm

Two weeks after his wife was struck in a hit-and-run accident, a 52-year-old Gig Harbor man drove around looking for the vehicle that knocked her off her bicycle and caused a concussion.

He found the vehicle on Fox Island, took pictures of the damaged side mirror and called authorities to report his find.

Now, Gregory McCormak Andrews, the alleged driver, is charged with vehicular assault and failure to remain at the scene of an injury accident. He is set to be arraigned Aug. 17. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest today.

The accident occurred July 12 near 42nd Street Court Northwest and Ray Nash Drive Northwest in Gig Harbor. A passerby found the female bicyclist lying along the road and called 911.

A witness later told authorities he confronted Andrews prior to the hit-and-run after noticing Andrews was driving erratically on Kopachuck Drive Northwest. Andrews admitted he had been drinking, apologized and agreed to pull over to speak with the witness, charging papers state.

The bicyclist’s husband decided to look for the driver himself and located the SUV.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies went to speak with Andrews and noted damage on his vehicle consistent with damage on the victim’s bike. He denied hitting anyone and said the broken side mirror was probably caused by blackberry vines along his driveway.

Although Andrews told deputies he didn’t think he had struck the victim, “he also stated ‘If I hit her, can you tell her I’m really sorry.”

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