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UPDATED: Woman killed, 6 injured in alcohol-related crash in Spanaway

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:00 am with 5 Comments »
August 31, 2012 1:39 pm

UPDATE as of 1:40 p.m. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the passenger who died in this morning’s crash as Amanda Halvorson, 23, of Auburn.

INITIAL POST: A woman was killed this morning when a pickup truck she was riding in rolled at least twice before crashing into a chain link fence and trees in Spanaway, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators said they found beer cans in the pickup truck and believe the collision was alcohol-related.

The accident occurred at 5:45 a.m. as the truck, which had seven young adults riding inside, was speeding in the 20300 block of 22nd Avenue East.

The driver lost control while going around a slight curve, rolled several times and went through a fence and trees, Sgt. Mike Blair said.

It nearly struck a house but was stopped by the trees. The truck caught on fire and neighbors rushed outside to douse the flames.

Most of the passengers were trapped inside until firefighters arrived to cut them out, Blair said. Three people were riding in the front and four were in the bed of the extended cab.

Six of the young adults, between the ages of 19 and 22, were taken to local hospitals. A few were impaled by fence posts.

The woman who died has not been identified. The roadway is closed while deputies investigate.

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  1. AriesTrouble says:

    How sad that another young person dies due to alcohol related driving. Why can’t these young people stay at a house and drink? Instead, they choose to get into a motor vehicle and either drive or ride with someone that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs; or both.

    People know that riding in the back of a pick-up is against the law; as there is no seat belts and very dangerous in an accident such as this one where the pick up rolled several times. People are thrown from the bed; leaving them vulnerable to many injuries or death.

    Obviously, the courts will charge the people that are 21 years old and over for the alcohol; but who actually did bring or buy the alcohol? I believe other than the driver; who will get the most charges; everyone else should receive the same punishment.

    Rehabilitation, counseling, community service, jail time, financial responsibilities (for the death of the woman), loss of driving privileges, and court costs should just be the start of their punishments. These are all adults who know better; and will have to deal with the death of a woman; someone’s daughter, aunt, granddaughter; her life was cut short.

  2. Aries, not to discredit any of your comments as you have valid points but those are just details. Let’s be realistic here. Kids think they are invincible. It’s just human nature. Summertime, they were out having a good time and not thinking anything would happen. How many of us have ridden in the back of a pick up in our lifetime? Our parents let us do it all the time growing up. Plenty, if not most of us, consumed alcohol before we were of legal too.

    As adults we have hindsight which makes more than a few of us thankful we are alive today based on the completely idiotic things we did as kids.

    It’s always horrible when young people get injured and die because of careless decisions but it’s been happening since they beginning of time. No matter how you raise them and what you teach them, they walk out the door and make their own decisions.

    Also, let’s not jump to conclusions about any of them. Who bought the alcohol, who was or wasn’t drinking and possibly driving. We don’t have the facts about any of that.

    My deepest sympathies to the families. This is a horrible tragic event. Our prayers are with you all.

  3. clippclan says:

    The young woman who was killed was in the BACK SEAT not the bed of the truck. This was not a regular pick-up as you can see in the video. It was a a double cab. Please look closer and listen to the report…

    I hope they throw the book at the driver!!! But people should never get into a vehicle with anyone who has been drinking.. Even I knew better when i was young…

  4. jaxFacts says:

    AriesTrouble,
    First of all it is OBvious you do NOt have all the facts on what happened here, your statements are not correct, there was no one in the bed of the truck. Second, it is also very obvious that you nor i do NOT know what the courts will do, i am just glad your not a judge in this case, you obviously have no compassion nor have EVER made a mistake in your life, or a just a very bored individual thats just wants to jump to your own conclusions and Punishments, VERY sad!

    Scibad,
    Your comments where very well put and im sure with these young adults sitting in a hospital recovery and mourning their friend will read your comments with appreciation.

    i find it sad reading articles like this , im sure we all do and we see to much of this on the news as well. But the bottom line here folks we can say all we want but just sometimes it would be great after reading these things NOT to go out and just attack these young people, trust me I am sure they are going through enough right now and writing such hatefull things on what should be done , or what YOU would never do, doesnt really change what has happened here. Its truely hard for me to believe that ANY of you have ever made a huge mistake that you have regretted. when things like this happen it obviously effects alot of people surrounding these young adults and their family and friends, trust me i see it first handed, and as HORRIBLE this situation is, it would be great to think there is a support system out there for all involved!
    As for me. My prayers , My thoughts go out to all young adults involved in this, along with their family and their friends. And if you are reading this Please concentrate on the recovery road ahead of you, keep your family and friends that support you close by.

  5. myopinion1 says:

    Clipclan… Everyone in that vehicle was drunk and got in there on there own being no one forced them. It’s a horrible tragedy and I feel sorry for all of the families but each on of the adults involved made the decision to get into the vehicle drunk and I think they should all be held responsible for their own actions. They are all going to have serious mental problems, nightmares for quite sometime. I wouldn’t want to wish that on anyone. I realized that someone died but its not like they meant to go out and do that. What about people that go out and drive to tired and fall asleep and do the same thing or an elderly person that hits the wrong pedal and causes a fatal accident.

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