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1 dead, 3 injured in collision near Lacey

A 73-year-old Lacey man died Friday night as the result of a collision on state Route 510, according to the Washington State Patrol. Three other people were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The collision involved three vehicles and took place about two miles east of Lacey about 6:30 p.m. Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock identified the dead man as David C. Ritche.

The first car, driven by Ritche, crossed the center line and struck a pickup driven by 41-year-old Kevin Benge of Olympia. The third car, driven by a 17-year-old Yelm girl, struck the truck. An 18-year-old Yelm woman, Tonya Lasher, was a passenger in the third car.

Ritche wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.

Trooper Guy Gill said it’s unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision. Ritche had some medical conditions that may have played a role in the collision, Gill said.

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