Updated on: 1/30/2019
One person was killed in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver Tuesday near Sumner, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident occurred on Sumner Tapps Highway at 162nd Avenue East.
Police say a vehicle was stopped to make a left turn at 162nd Avenue East when it was struck from behind by a speeding driver. The crash pushed the first vehicle head-on into another vehicle at 40 to 50 mph. The crash killed a 53-year-old Sumner woman who was in the vehicle that was trying to turn. A man in that vehicle was left with critical injuries. Two teenagers in the third vehicle were both moderately hurt.
The 57-year-old man who caused the wreck had alcohol in his system. Police will also test him for drugs. He will face charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
“It's horrific and a lot of people came by, saw this and some people tried to help,” Detective Ed Troyer told KOMONews. “But, at this rate of speed and this type of collision, we're lucky we don't have three or four deceased."
The road was closed for several hours for investigation.
Location of the Collision
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