Driver faces charges after crash that kills passenger

ckrotzer@theolympian.comApril 26, 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 when the car went off the road to the right.

COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON STATE PATROL

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 man was driving a 1987 Honda Accord at 12:31 a.m. north on Cooper Point Road near 34th Avenue Southwest in Olympia, 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 had not been released pending family notification.

The driver was injured and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital. He has since been released and booked into 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.”

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 ckrotzer@theolympian.com theolympian.com/thisjustin @chelseakrotzer

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service