The fatal collision occurred in the 13800 block of Rainier Road Southeast on March 4, shortly before 5:45 p.m.
Thurston County officials said the young man, a Rainier resident, was driving a car that veered into an oncoming traffic lane, causing the vehicle’s passenger side to be hit by a southbound vehicle.
The victim, who was a passenger in the causing vehicle, died from her injuries at the scene.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said that the teen driver was not taken into custody following the crash, even as there was “probable cause” for an arrest, citing insufficient resources to “provide substantial medical care” the agency would have otherwise been responsible for.
After further investigation by the TCSO and the Washington State Patrol, including an analysis of a blood sample, the Rainier man was found to have had 4.7 nanograms per milliliter of THC in his blood at the time of the crash. Officials note it is illegal in the state of Washington to operate a vehicle with any amount of THC in your blood.
Though alcohol was initially suspected to be a factor, it was not found to be present in the suspect’s blood.
The Rainier man was arrested by deputies on June 15. He faces charges of “vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and driving under the influence.”
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