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Fleeing Driver Hits Pedestrian; Both Die

Mon., Feb. 9, 1998

A 20-year-old pedestrian and the fleeing driver of the car that struck him were killed late Saturday, police said.

The 32-year-old driver had been pulled over for speeding about 11:30 p.m. Saturday but drove away at a high rate of speed when the officer approached the car, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Curt Benson said Sunday.

The driver apparently lost control as he passed another car and drove onto a sidewalk, where the pedestrian was hit, Benson said. The car then crashed into a concrete barrier in the trash area outside a convenience store, he said.

A 25-year-old passenger in the car was injured.

The victims’ names were not immediately available. All had Tacoma addresses, Benson said.

Benson said the driver had an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence.

Benson said the incident did not involve a chase because the officer who made the traffic stop had to get back in his car and still was trying to catch up when the crash occurred out of his sight.

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