Olympia driver, 22, arrested after serious downtown accident

ckrotzer@theolympian.comMarch 29, 2013 

Olympia police arrested a 22-year-old Olympia man Thursday in connection with an early morning downtown hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a pedestrian, damaged several parked cars, including a police car, and tied up downtown traffic most of the day.

An Olympia police officer was parked on the 400 block of Fourth Avenue when he heard a car driving at a high speed, according to a police news release.

The car, a white Acura, lost control and hit several parked cars, including the officer’s car. The car also struck a woman in her 20s who was crossing the road near Jefferson Street, according to department spokesperson Laura Wohl.

The 22-year-old driver of the Acura fled on foot. The officer was not injured and chased the man for eight blocks before losing sight of him behind a building.

The driver was located after his mother, the registered owner of the Acura, was contacted, Wohl said. He was booked into Thurston County Jail for vehicular assault, but could face more charges, according to the release.

The pedestrian was seriously injured and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she had surgery Thursday morning. Wohl had no additional information on her condition.

Two other people were trapped in their parked cars after the cars were hit by the Acura. They were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with non-life-threatening injuries.

Several blocks of Fourth Avenue and adjacent streets were shut down for hours as police investigated.


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