Woman loses leg, man jailed after downtown hit-and-run

jpawloski@theolympian.comApril 2, 2013 

A woman who was walking in downtown Olympia early Thursday had her leg severed upon impact when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver. She was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she underwent surgery.

Olympia police would not release the 34-year-old woman’s name Monday, but she was initially listed in critical condition at Harborview, Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said.

Olympia police arrested 22-year-old Ramsey Tyler Kira on suspicion of vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. He was being held Monday at the Thurston County Jail, with bail set at $250,000.

An Olympia police officer was parked in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue when the crash occurred about 2 a.m. Thursday. The suspect’s vehicle, a white Acura, lost control and hit several parked cars, including the police officer’s. The driver ran away. The officer chased the suspect for about eight blocks before losing sight of him behind a building.

Two people were trapped in their vehicles after the crash. Both were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with injuries that were not life-threatening.

According to court papers:

The officer identified Kira as a suspect through his investigation at the crash scene. Olympia police officers located Kira at a Fern Street address later Thursday morning and placed him under arrest. Kira explained to the officers that “he was driving his vehicle at an unknown location and crashed it into some cars.” Kira told the officers he was drunk and did not remember anything.

The officer who had chased the Acura driver was present during Kira’s arrest. The officer said Kira was wearing the same clothes as the suspect who fled.

Kira’s attorney, John Hansen, could not be reached for comment Monday. Kira has several prior arrests, including three arrests for allegedly violating a domestic violence protection order and one for allegedly committing misdemeanor domestic violence.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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