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Man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed 3 near Lakewood

TACOMA – A man accused of killing three people in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 5 in Lakewood has been charged with vehicular homicide and failing to remain at the scene of a fatal crash.

The Seattle Times reported 23-year-old Montrell Tormel Red was charged Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.

Court documents said he was texting and had used marijuana and taken Xanax before the crash.

Police said Red attempted to pass a car, lost control and slammed into a Honda CRV, causing it to crash into a barrier and roll.

Prosecutors said the three people inside the Honda were killed. They’ve been identified as Yanez Martin Rodriguez of Longview, Sherry Rodriguez of Kelso, and Jaime Pelayo Pelayo of Kelso.

Prosecutors said Red left the crash and was arrested later.

It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.

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