Tacoma police said Tuesday that they had found the driver who crashed his car in Point Defiance Park on Monday and fled, leaving behind his seriously injured passenger.
The accident was reported about 7 a.m. on Five Mile Drive near Camp 6. Passers-by found a semiconscious man beside a smashed Honda Civic and called 911.
The passenger gave officers confusing information but did tell them someone else had been in the car. That led to a day-long search in nearby woods for the second person. Searches included use of a county airplane and search-and-rescue dogs.
Police said the 24-year-old driver was not hurt in the wreck and fled the scene. Officers tracked him down and later questioned him. He was not arrested, but the case is being forwarded to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Speed was a factor” in the crash, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
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