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Driver pleads guilty in crash that hurt passenger

OLYMPIA - An Olympia man pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular-assault and hit-and-run charges for crashing a Mercedes into a tree Sept. 13 on Wiggins Road and abandoning his passenger.

Ricky Lawrence Fryer, 25, entered his plea as part of a plea agreement before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor.

In exchange for Fryer’s plea, Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Bruneau said he will recommend that Fryer serve a 14-month prison sentence. Fryer’s sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

Fryer has no prior criminal history, his attorney said in court.

The man Fryer abandoned initially was listed in critical condition, a spokeswoman at Providence St. Peter Hospital said in September.

According to court papers:

A resident reported to the State Patrol that he saw the Mercedes speeding by his home on Wiggins Road at about 90 miles per hour before it left the road, hit a ditch, rolled and struck a tree early Sept. 13.

The resident said a gray pickup appeared to be following or chasing the Mercedes.

Another witness reported that he was on his porch when the crash occurred, and he drove to the scene.

That witness said he saw the pickup’s passengers lift the Mercedes to free the driver. The witness said the driver had a bleeding, lacerated hand.

One of the passengers yelled at the driver of the Mercedes, “Run and get the (expletive) out of here,” according to the witness. The driver fled and yelled “get the (expletive) bag.”

Later that morning, State Patrol learned that the Mercedes was registered to Fryer. Troopers also learned that Fryer had been admitted to a hospital that morning with a severe laceration to his hand. Fryer invoked his right to remain silent when a trooper visited him at the hospital.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465

jpawloski@theolympian.com

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