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Category: Car


Driver who left injured passenger after car wreck in Point Defiance Park found

Tacoma police said they found the man who crashed his car in Point Defiance Park Monday and fled, leaving behind his seriously injured passenger.

The accident was reported about 7 a.m. on Five Mile Drive near Camp 6. Passersby found a semi-conscious male beside a smashed Honda Civic and called 911.

The passenger gave officers confusing information but did tell them there was someone else in the car. That piece of information led to a day-long search in nearby woods for the second person that included a county airplane and search-and-rescue dogs.

Police said the driver, 24, was not injured

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One injured, one possibly missing after car crash at Point Defiance Park

UPDATE as of 1:22 p.m.: Police and searchers are still looking for a second man who could have been inside a Honda Civic that appears to have rolled over on Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance Park this morning.

A man who was found injured outside of the vehicle provided authorities with confusing information about what happened and whether anyone else was inside the car.

Police said since there is a possibility somebody could be injured near the wreckage, they will exhaust all efforts to locate the passenger.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma police are investigating an early morning crash in Point

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Federal Way man killed in early morning accident on State Route 167

An 18-year-old Federal Way man died early this morning when the car he was driving drifted off State Route 167 and struck a roadside barrier in Auburn.

Washington State Patrol officers could not say Saturday afternoon if Pavlo Myronets was speeding. They’re interviewing witnesses to determine how he lost control of a 2006 Toyota Scion while driving north on the highway near the exit for 277th Street just before 5 a.m.


Woman charged with vehicular assault for Bonney Lake crash

A 49-year-old woman who crashed head-on into a vehicle in Bonney Lake in February was drunk and had marijuana, opiates and Oxycodone in her system, Pierce County prosecutors say.

The woman has been charged with vehicular assault and third-degree driving on a suspended license. She is set to be arraigned June 4.

The accident happened Feb. 20 in the 2000 block of 210th Avenue East when the woman allegedly drove her Ford Explorer into oncoming traffic and struck another car.

The impact of the crash made the vehicles stick together, court records show.

The woman in the other car suffered

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Puyallup officers, police dog injured in scuffle with suspected car thief

From the catch-up file:

Three Puyallup police officers and a police dog were injured last week while trying to arrest a suspected car thief.

The incident unfolded the night of May 15 after a car stolen from Seattle was abandoned in a bank parking lot at South Meridian and 14th Street SW.

Witnesses saw a woman flee the vehicle, which had just been involved in a hit-and-run collision in South Hill.

Arriving officers spotted the woman on the balcony of a nearby motel and went to question her. While interviewing the woman, a man jumped out at officers, sprayed one

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Elderly woman injured after driving off parking structure in Puyallup

An elderly woman was injured this morning after driving her car off an elevated parking structure in Puyallup.

“It appears she may have had it in drive instead of reverse,” Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Randy Stephens said.

Firefighters were called to the parking lot in the 120 block of 14th Avenue Southeast about 8 a.m. to help the woman, who was trapped inside her vehicle.

The woman apparently was trying to back out of a parking spot but instead drove through wrought iron railing and dropped 10 feet to the street below.

Crews cut her out and

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Man killed in Sumner crash was snowboarder stranded on Mount Rainier last winter

A 22-year-old Bonney Lake man who died early Friday after crashing his car into a tree has been identified as Derek Tyndall.

Tyndall was heading south in the 4600 block of Sumner Tapps Highway in Sumner when he lost control of the vehicle about 2 a.m., crossed the northbound lanes and struck a tree.

“We believe speed and alcohol were factors,” Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke said.

Tyndall had to be extricated from his vehicle and died at the hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Tyndall and a friend made national headlines in November after going snowboarding on

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Lakewood crash starts with alleged car race, ends in vehicular assault charge

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

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