TWO FATAL ACCIDENTS NEAR ORTING
By: Orting News Staff
August 27, 2009
Deadly crashes near Orting took the lives of two people Thursday morning, August 27th. They occured on Highway 162 near Sumner and Orting-Kapowsin Highway.
The first fatal crash occurred just after 1 a.m. on Orting-Kapowsin Highway and 200th Street East. Gregory Woodruff, 33, was killed in the single-car accident when his car crashed into a tree. The Pierce County Sherriff's Office said the man was not wearing a seatbelt. Police said the victim lived in the area of the crash near Graham. The man's name has not yet been released. No other information was immediately available. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is investigating the deadly crash.
A second fatal accident occured on Highway 162 near Sumner. 65-year-old Maria C. Davila of Lake Tapps was killed when another car crossed into oncoming traffic and struck her car, the Washington State Patrol reported.
Davila was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma with life threatening injuries. She died at the hospital.
The other driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended or revoked license. The 30-year-old man sustained minor injuries in the crash and was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. He was booked into the jail on the vehicular homicide charges just after 11:30 a.m.
Troopers believe the man was driving westbound about 5:40 a.m. He crossed into the eastbound lanes and hit the woman's car head on at State Route 162. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Investigators believe drugs were a factor in the head-on crash on State Route 162. A drug recognition expert responded to the scene for an evaluation. Troopers also found drug paraphernalia in the man's pickup truck.
The investigation crash blocked the roadway for nearly three hours.
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