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Bar patron badly injured in closing time collision

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:56 am |
November 18, 2012 7:19 am

A woman is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries Saturday morning, following a late-night accident in the parking lot of a Tacoma bar.

According to Tacoma Police, the woman was injured just after closing time at the Backstage Bar & Grill on Sixth Avenue, when a large number of cars were trying to leave the parking lot at the same time.

“One of the drivers became impatient and decided to back up and go another direction,” said Tacoma Police Lt. David O’Dea. “When they did so, they backed up at a relatively high rate of speed, hitting a car behind them and pushing that car into another car.”

An occupant of the third car was seriously injured in the collision, police said, and was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center.

The driver of the first car was taken into custody for vehicular assault. Blood was drawn for future investigation, O’Day said.

Tacoma’s fatality accident investigation team visited the scene this morning to collect evidence.

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