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News: Passenger dies after Fredrickson wreck involving hit-and-run driver

by | Jan 18, 2024 | Accidents in the News |

PIERCE COUNTY, WA — A multi-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Fredrickson claimed the life a 64-year-old woman, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident happened in the 5600 block of 176th Street East, prompting a response from PCSD deputies and local firefighters at about 5:42 p.m.

A preliminary investigation found that a 26-year-old woman was driving a white Subaru at a high rate of speed when she ran red lights on 70th Avenue East and at the above block. A pickup truck was making a legal U-turn on a green light when the Subaru entered the pickup’s path, causing the pickup to hit the driver’s side of the Subaru. A white van that had been chasing after the Subaru struck the Subaru before leaving the scene.

Authorities said the 64-year-old woman, who was sitting in the rear-passenger seat of the Subaru, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Subaru was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. Investigators said she may be charged for Vehicular Homicide. Neither woman was found to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck.

No injuries to the driver of the pickup, a 41-year-old man, or his passenger, a two-year-old child in a car seat, have been reported.

Following the incident, the driver of the white van called authorities and reported that he had been pursuing the Subaru because it was stolen from him. Another family member who responded to the scene reported that the 26-year-old woman had been driving the Subaru for weeks and did not steal the vehicle. Despite requests for the van driver to return to the scene for an investigation, authorities are still waiting for him to turn himself in, as he faces “felony hit and run charges.”

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