Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 23-year-old man with one count of vehicular homicide and five counts of vehicular assault for a fiery car crash in Spanaway last year that killed a woman and impaled others with fence posts.
Joshua White, 24, has not yet been arraigned on the charges.
The collision happened Aug. 31 in the 20300 block of 22nd Avenue East when White lost control of a Chevy truck and the vehicle rolled several times and crashed into a 4-feet-high chain-link fence before catching fire. Neighbors doused the flames while sheriff’s deputies worked to help the injured passengers.
Amanda Halvorson, 23, was killed in the accident. Authorities said she was trapped beneath the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency workers lifted it off her.
At least three people were impaled by fence poles. All passengers were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries.
The group of friends had been at a party nearby when they decided to leave with White. They allegedly asked him to slow down but he refused, reaching speeds of 93 miles per hour. The truck was going at least 70 mph when it struck the fence and hit a large cedar tree, according to charging papers.
White’s blood alcohol content was .13, well above the legal driving limit, court records show.