1 person dead in early morning crash Thursday

April 25, 2013 

A 20-year-old Olympia man is in jail after being accused of driving impaired and crashing into a tree, killing his passenger, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The 20-year-old was driving a 1987 Honda Accord north on Cooper Point Road near 34th Avenue Southwest, in Olympia, at 12:31 a.m., when the car went off the road to the right. He allegedly over-corrected and drove off the south side of the road, hitting a tree.

"Driver impairment and speed are factors in the collision," said Trooper Guy Gill. "(The driver) admitted to drinking, smoking meth and marijuana."

The passenger, A 21-year-old Olympia man, died at the scene. His name has not been released pending family notification.

The driver was injured and taken to Provience St. Peter Hospital with injuries. He has since been released and booked in Thurston County Jail and is being accused of vehicular homicide.

"This is another tragic reminder of what can happen when you make the choice to get behind the wheel and drive impaired," Gill said. "This is a senseless loss of life."

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