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Driver who hit women in yard arrested

Two women were struck by a car Thursday night while sitting outside a home, and the driver faces ­vehicular-assault charges.

Tykell D. Spell, 20, of Yelm drove into the home's front yard on the 2400 block of Eighth Avenue and hit the women, a Washington State Patrol official said Friday. They said alcohol likely played a role in the crash.

Spell was northbound on Steele Street and turning onto Eighth Avenue when he drove into the yard, Trooper Brandy Kessler said.

Hillary Brian, 26, and Melissa Bodine, 23, were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with injuries, the State Patrol reported.

Bodine was listed in fair condition there Friday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said. Brian was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was in serious condition in intensive care there Friday, spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said.

Angel Garvin, who lives at the home, said Bodine and Brian were visiting, and she was inside checking on dinner when she heard the crash. She said she saw Brian trying to drag herself out from under Spell's vehicle and yelled at him to back the car up.

Garvin said she flagged down two people passing by to help her move the car off Bodine.

"He [the driver] just stood there, dazed," she said. "The next thing I knew, he was gone. He had walked off."

Emergency crews arrived, and Spell was taken into custody, Garvin said.

Spell was being held Friday at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $25,000, a booking officer said.

Garvin said her son and several neighborhood children regularly ride their bicycles on the street, and she's grateful they weren't hurt. A neighbor had just taken her son for a walk.

"Otherwise, he's always with us. He'd have been with us out in the front," she said, adding, "We're not going to sit there anymore."

Online reporter April Chan writes for The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-754-5406 or achan@theolympian.com.

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