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Category: Fatal crash

May
25th

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.

May
22nd

King County Sheriff’s deputy injured in off-duty motorcycle crash near Frederickson dies

A King County sheriff’s deputy died Wednesday night at Tacoma General Hospital from injuries suffered in an off-duty motorcycle crash Monday near Frederickson, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Martin “Marty” Duran, 47, served in the Army before becoming a paramedic and firefighter in New Mexico, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West said. He eventually became a deputy with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico, and in 2004 started working for King County.

He most recently worked out of the Burien station, in the White Center and Skyway areas.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies still are investigating the crash, which happened

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May
14th

Driver in fatal crash that killed University Place woman sentenced to 6 years, 6 months in prison

From the catch-up file:

A Federal Way woman was sentenced Friday to 6 years, 6 months in prison for a fatal crash that killed a 48-year-old University Place woman last year.

Michelle Leigh Dittamore, 32, drank a tumbler of pink champagne and took a prescription drug known to cause drowsiness before taking the keys to her father’s sports car without permission.

Her 4-year-old son was in the passenger seat when Dittamore slammed head-on into Jana Lynne Berry’s vehicle June 7 after crossing the centerline on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way.

Berry’s car spun around from the force and was

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May
13th

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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April
27th

Woman killed in head-on crash Friday night in Seattle; injured passengers’ status unknown

A 51-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision Friday night on state Route 99, the Washington State Patrol said.

KIRO-TV reported the crash occurred in northbound lanes south of 14th Avenue South in Seattle.

The victim’s vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, was traveling north on SR 99 when a 2000 Dodge Caravan was traveling southbound on West Marginal Place South, according to state patrol.

The Dodge left the roadway, drove through a fence and went southbound in the northbound lanes. The two vehicles collided head-on.

Two other passengers in the pickup were injured

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April
22nd

Ceremony to honor Tacoma teen killed in Point Defiance Park crash to be held today

Local clergy will gather this morning for a spiritual ceremony in honor of a 15-year-old Tacoma boy killed April 12 in a car crash in Point Defiance Park.

The Moment of Blessing for Alex Ramirez will be held at 10 a.m. in the park, 5400 N. Pearl St., at the Y in the road at Ft. Nisqually cutoff road.

The public is welcome.

Alex was in the backseat of a vehicle that went off Five Mile Drive and crashed into a tree. The 17-year-old driver, who was allegedly drinking beer before the accident, has been charged with vehicular homicide.

April
15th

Teen killed in crash at Point Defiance Park identified

A 15-year-old boy killed Friday when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park has been identified as Alex Ramirez.

Police are still investigating the collision along Five Mile Drive. Alcohol is believed to have been involved.

It happened about 4:45 p.m. when a 17-year-old boy lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the driver, who was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, was speeding.

It’s unknown if the four teenagers inside the vehicle were wearing seat belts.

April
11th

UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed in fiery crash in Parkland was Puyallup man

UPDATE as of 1:34 p.m.: The motorcyclist has been identified as Craig Calucci, 29, of Puyallup.

INITIAL POST: A motorcyclist was killed in Parkland early this morning after losing control and crashing into a semi-truck before bursting into flames, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The collision happened about 1:15 a.m. at 116th Street South and Spanaway Loop Road. Witnesses told deputies the motorcyclist was driving nearly 100 miles per hour when he missed a corner in the road, tried to straighten out and struck a logging semi-truck.

A deputy two blocks away heard the crash and was on

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