A mix of stories drove traffic last week, including an obituary about a well known couple, two car accidents and a proposed housing development.
1. One dead in Wednesday morning crash on I-5 near Lacey: At about 5:50 a.m., the man had been driving a silver Ford pickup north on I-5 when his car left the road. The car traveled about 60 feet down an embankment before coming to a stop. The man died at the scene. He had been wearing a seat belt.
2. Shelton man injured, Seattle woman dies in head-on crash: The driver of the pickup truck, 47-year-old Brian Phipps of Shelton was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The suspected erratic driver was also transported to Sanderson Field to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, but succumbed to her injuries at the airport.
3. Community loses a caring couple: The couple, Bob and Jane Jones, who celebrated their wedding anniversary Jan. 1, drowned March 13 while snorkeling in Hanauma Bay in East Oahu, Hawaii. A week later, friends and family were still in shock, staring at a void the two caring, giving people had filled since their arrival in South Sound in 1987.
4. Residents raise concerns about proposed mega housing development near Lacey: It was the second day of the county’s hearing for the proposed Oak Preserve housing development. If approved, the developer would subdivide the property into 1,037 single-family residential lots and 44 tracts for stormwater facilities, parks and recreation, open space, landscaping and oak grove preservation.
5. Olympia Fire rescues man from Percival Creek: The man apparently was walking a trail and looking for a camp behind the Chevron station on Cooper Point Road when he slipped. He fell about 20 feet, then fell another 40 feet into Percival Creek.