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Woman, 18, charged with vehicular assault for Orting crash that injured two

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 27, 2013 at 6:53 am |
March 27, 2013 6:53 am

An 18-year-old woman will face two vehicular assault charges for a crash in Orting last year that seriously injured herself, her boyfriend and another driver.

The collision happened July 27 at state Route 162 and Orville Road East.

Her boyfriend suffered a fractured femur and facial laceration. The other driver, who was returning to a campground where she was staying with her family, was treated for fractures to her tibia and fibula.

Witnesses told Washington State Patrol troopers that the woman sped up to 70-80 miles per hour just before she came around a bend in the road and plowed directly into a Dodge pickup truck. That driver said she tried to slow down and move out of the way because “they decided to come across at me and it’s like the car just kind of lowered and then lunged and hit me,” according to charging papers.

The boyfriend later told troopers that he and his girlfriend argued at her house before the accident and he started walking home. She followed him and convinced him to get inside her Honda. The woman dropped her cell phone on the passenger floorboard and was taking off her seat belt to reach for it when they rounded the bend and struck the pickup truck.

He admitted he had been drinking but couldn’t recall if his girlfriend had been.

The woman is scheduled to be arraigned April 9.

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