A 48-year-old Eatonville man died Wednesday after crashing his pickup truck head-on into another truck on state Route 7, injuring six people.
The Washington State Patrol identified the deceased as Glenn T. Fitting. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said Fitting’s Ford pickup passed several cars before it crossed the center line and struck a southbound Chevrolet pickup carrying two adults and four children.
Injured in the crash were 37-year-old Douglas Harris, 34-year-old Sara L. Harris, 8-year-old Nevea Fawcett, 7-year-old McKinzie Harris, 4-year-old Payton Maples and 3-year-old Wyatt Harris, all of Puyallup.
McKinzie Harris was initially taken to MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. She was later transported to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, where she remained critical Wednesday night.
Douglas and Sara Harris were in serious condition at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital on Wednesday night. The two youngest children, Payton and Wyatt, were at Mary Bridge in satisfactory condition. Nevea Fawcett was treated and released.
Guy Gill, spokesman for the State Patrol, said it appears Fitting suffered a heart attack before the accident, but investigators will still look into whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Fitting reportedly called his girlfriend about 10 minutes before he crashed and complained of chest and back pains.
“He was driving to the hospital, and she was going to meet him,” Gill said.
The collision happened about 10 a.m. at SR 7 and 316th Street East. The roadway was blocked for four hours.