Depending on the story, the 22-year-old man was racing another vehicle or trying to pass it.
The end result was the same: he drove over an embankment in Lakewood and crashed into a tree, striking it with such force that the front of his vehicle “twisted right.”
Now, Pierce County prosecutors have charged the man with vehicular assault for the Oct. 12 accident in the 14500 block of Murray Road Southwest. He is set to be arraigned April 22.
A witness told police the man’s car appeared to be going 110 miles per hour before the crash. The driver told police he remembered trying to get around a slower vehicle.
The man was not seriously injured in the collision but his passenger had to have 20 percent of his small intestines removed due to injuries, according to charging papers.