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Boy, 9, dies day after allegedly impaired uncle crashed car in Purdy

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on March 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
March 17, 2013 10:29 pm

A 9-year-old boy died tonight after he was ejected Saturday from a car driven by his uncle.

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Marce Edwards confirmed tonight that the boy has died. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified him.

The crash about 1:30 a.m. Saturday happened as the driver tried to exit from westbound state Route 16 to Purdy Drive, lost control, and flipped the vehicle, according to the State Patrol.

The 26-year-old Gig Harbor man admitted to drinking “too much” and using marijuana prior to driving, troopers said. His blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit of 0.08, and marijuana was found in the car, according to the State Patrol.

A 9-year-old girl in the back seat was not hurt.

Trooper Guy Gill said the boy and the girl were yelling at their uncle to slow down. The man, who was initially arrested for investigation of vehicular assault, is now being investigated for vehicular homicide, Gill said.

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