Lacey police arrested a Lakewood man Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on suspicion of vehicular homicide for his role in a March 9 crash on Carpenter Road that killed a passenger.
Dwayne Reddick, 24, was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. A Superior Court judge set Reddick's bail at $50,000.
Anja Thompson, 25, was in a Chevy Blazer driven by Reddick at the time of the crash. According to Lacey police, the Blazer was being driven recklessly and ran a stop sign when it entered Carpenter Road from a side street.
The Blazer's driver then attempted to pass a school bus on the right shoulder of Carpenter Road and spun out into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by another vehicle.
After the crash, the Blazer caught fire, and it was engulfed in flames when fire units arrived.
Thompson suffered severe injuries and was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she died. She suffered burns, internal injuries and blunt-force injuries to her head, court papers state.
Reddick also was flown to Harborview.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the Blazer was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and suffered a collapsed lung. There were no other passengers in the two vehicles.
Lacey Police Lt. Phil Comstock said Wednesday that intoxication was not a factor in the crash.