Truck strikes state trooper in traffic stop

ckrotzer@theolympian.comApril 17, 2013 

A Washington State Patrol trooper is recovering after being knocked to the ground by a pickup truck on Highway 101 Monday afternoon.

Trooper Tricia Krantz, a 12-year veteran of the State Patrol, was walking back from a traffic stop at 5:45 p.m. near Mud Bay in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 when she noticed a pickup truck drifting onto the shoulder.

“The driver was over the fog line and on the shoulder,” said Trooper Guy Gill. “There was no time to run. We are talking about a vehicle going 60 mph.”

Krantz leaned against the door of her patrol car, but was knocked to the ground when the pickup snagged a Tazer on her belt, Gill said.

The driver of the pickup, a 27-year-old Olympia man, continued driving.

The person inside the vehicle Krantz had stopped ran back to assist the fallen trooper. A woman driving behind the pickup truck continued to follow to get a license plate number.

“The witness said he accelerated rapidly right after the incident when Trooper Krantz was struck – speeds up to 90 mph after that,” Gill said.

The witness was able to get a partial license plate number that helped lead troopers to a home at Evergreen Shores.

The man was booked in Thurston County Jail on suspicion of felony hit and run, Gill said.

“He said he didn’t know he hit her, but he did see her go to the ground,” Gill said.

Krantz will recover at home the next several days after suffering scrapes, scratches and a sore shoulder, Gill said.

“We are very, very fortunate she is not seriously injured,” Gill said. “We are not dealing with a very serious injury or fatality here, because it easily could have been.

“We are very thankful for our witnesses. They did an amazing job and it’s reassuring the public steps up and comes to help us in the time that we need it – we appreciate that very much.”

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476

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