Lacey police believe driver in fatal wreck was under the influence of marijuana

By Jeremy Pawloski and Tammy McGee Staff writersJune 17, 2014 

One person is dead, and another seriously injured in a crash Tuesday morning, in Lacey.

PHOTO COURTESY OF LACEY FIRE DISTRICT #3.

A driver on College Street was likely under the influence of marijuana Tuesday morning when her pickup veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a cargo van, resulting in an 82-year-old man’s death, Lacey police said.

“We believe she was under the influence of marijuana,” Lacey Police Sgt. Terrrence Brimmer said.

The crash occurred about 6:55 a.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of College Street in Lacey.

The cargo van was headed north on College Street when the pickup headed in the opposite direction attempted a lane change to pass the vehicle in front of her. The pickup then lost control, fishtailing before veering into oncoming traffic, Brimmer said.

The cargo van struck the passenger side of the pickup, and a third vehicle rear-ended the cargo van, Brimmer said.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock would not identify the deceased 82-year-old man Tuesday afternoon, because next-of-kin had not yet been notified of his death.

The driver of the pickup, a woman in her 30s, was treated and released from an area hospital Tuesday, Brimmer said. Two passengers in the pickup were seriously injured, but are expected to survive, Brimmer added. One is a man who was being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Tuesday, Brimmer said. The other is a woman who was in Providence St. Peter Hospital’s intensive care unit, Brimmer added.

There were no passengers in the cargo van, Brimmer said.

The criminal investigation of the crash is ongoing, Brimmer said. Police did obtain a search warrant to take a blood draw from the woman who was driving the pickup.

College Street was closed from 14th Avenue north, and Lacey Blvd. south for several hours after the crash.

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

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