Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 17-year-old boy with vehicular homicide in a Friday wreck that killed another teenager in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.
The charge was filed in juvenile court. A hearing will be held April 25 to determine whether the case will be transferred to adult court. The boy has yet to enter a plea.Tacoma police believe the boy was at the wheel of a car that went off Five Mile Drive about 4:45 p.m. and crashed into a tree.
Four teenagers in all were inside the car. One of them, Alex Ramirez, 15, died at the scene.
Witnesses told police the teenagers had been drinking alcohol at a viewpoint in the park shortly before the crash, court documents show.
Witnesses said the four teenagers then got inside a car which blew through a stop sign on Five Mile Drive, sped around a corner and disappeared.
Not long after Tacoma firefighters were dispatched to the park to render aid to the victims of a car crash, court records show.
The 17-year-old boy later told police he was the car’s driver and had been drinking beer before the crash, prosecutors said.
Investigators at the scene found several empty beer cans and at least one empty wine bottle they believe belonged to the teenagers, court records show.
The 17-year-old received treatment at a local hospital before being booked into the Remann Hall juvenile detention facility.