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Warrant issued for man accused of vehicular assault

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm with No Comments »
March 15, 2013 1:04 pm

A warrant was issued today for a 26-year-old man charged with vehicular assault for a car wreck in McKenna last year that seriously injured a man.

The accident happened Sept. 18 on state Route 507 near 323rd Street Court South.

According to charging papers:

The man worked a 14-hour shift then spent time with his girlfriend, eventually driving her home to Yelm around 11:30 p.m. On his way home, he fell asleep behind the wheel and crossed the center line.

His 1995 Lexus ES crashed head-on into a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck, which rolled. Washington State Patrol troopers arrived to find paramedics trying to extricate the victim, who suffered a broken nose, multiple rib fractures, a fractured left arm and fractures to both feet.

The driver of the Lexus was nowhere to be found.

“A witness to the collision states the driver of the Lexus climbed out of the vehicle and walked away from the scene without contacting the driver of the Ford pickup,” documents state.

Troopers went to the man’s house – about three miles from the accident scene – and talked to his family. The man’s brother later called 911 to report the man was at a neighbor’s home and needed medical treatment. He suffered a fractured sternum and lacerated liver.

The man told troopers he didn’t remember the collision.

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