Tacoma police on Monday were left to sort through some confusing information after a rollover crash in Point Defiance Park.
A passerby called 911 just before 7 a.m. to report a semi-conscious man was outside a wrecked Honda Civic on Five Mile Drive near the old Camp 6.
Police and firefighters responded and questioned the man, who denied being involved in an accident. Beyond that, he provided authorities with confusing information about what happened and whether anyone else was in the car.
The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Witnesses reported seeing someone hanging out of the passenger window before the crash, so police scoured the area but weren’t able to find anyone.
Officers checked area hospitals and used an airplane to search for anyone who could have been thrown from the wrecked car. A search-and-rescue dog also looked in the woods near the accident.
Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool warned visitors to drive slowly through the park because of pedestrians and the number of roads that merge with little notice.
“Speeding is asking for something bad to happen,” she said.
This is the second serious crash on Five Mile Drive in the last three months.
Speed appeared to have been a factor in the April 12 crash that killed a teenage boy, police said. He was one of four teens in the car when the 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and it hit a tree, police said. The boy who died was in the back seat. The others in the car suffered minor firstname.lastname@example.org