Pierce County prosecutors charged a woman on Wednesday who they say was drunk when her truck crashed into a car and killed a South Hill man on his way home from work. The collision occurred about 11:20 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of East Pioneer Street near South Meridian.
The victim was traveling south on South Meridian on his way home from work when the woman allegedly ran a red light and her pickup slammed into his car, pushing it 80 feet past the intersection.
The force of the crash caved in the front of the man’s car and Puyallup police did not immediately see anybody inside the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. When officers arrived, they found accused still inside her truck and showing signs she’d been drinking, police said.
“The defendant was unaware that anyone was injured in the collision and thought she collided with a parked car,” according to charging papers. The woman agreed to take a breath test to see whether she was impaired by alcohol but only pretended to blow air into the testing device, records show.
She later told police she spent the evening drinking at a hotel in Auburn and was driving home to Graham when she hit the victims’s car, the court documents state. Police investigators said there is no evidence that the woman hit the brakes before the crash.