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Man convicted of killing passenger in fatal Nisqually wreck

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
November 9, 2012 4:52 pm

A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty today to causing a fatal wreck while running from cops in a stolen pickup near Nisqually.

Cody J. Coffinger was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, attempting to elude police, vehicular homicide and failure to remain at the scene of a car wreck resulting in death.

Pierce County prosecutors said Coffinger was at the wheel of a stolen pickup that a state trooper spotted speeding and driving recklessly on Interstate 5 on Sept. 28, 2011. Coffinger later lost control of truck and crashed. His passenger, William Barnes Jr., 35, was thrown out of the pickup and died.

Coffinger’s to be sentenced next Friday.


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