Parents recovering, daughter still critical after wreck near Eatonville

Staff writerJanuary 19, 2014 

Five of six relatives hurt in a car wreck outside Eatonville this month are making progress in their recoveries, the family said Friday.

The sixth, 7-year-old McKenzie Harris, remains in critical condition at a Seattle hospital.

The six were injured New Year’s Day when a pickup being driven by an Eatonville man crossed the center line on state Route 7 near 316th Street East and slammed head-on into another pickup carrying Douglas and Sara Harris, their two children and two nieces.

The couple and three of the children were hospitalized. The driver of the other truck, 48-year-old Glenn Fitting, died.

Douglas and Sara Harris said Friday, in a statement released by Tacoma General Hospital, that they hoped to be released soon and return home, maybe as soon as this week. They also offered thanks for the prayers and well wishes they’ve received from the community.

“It’s been a challenging time for our family,” the couple said. “But we are thankful to be at Tacoma General. They have taken great care of us.”

Sara Harris works as a business manager supporting physicians in the hospital’s Emergency Department.

The three other children are recovering at home, the couple said.

There were reports that Fitting might have suffered a medical emergency before the crash. He called a friend shortly before the crash to complain of chest and back pain, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Harris family has set up a fund at KeyBank branches to raise money help pay for McKenzie’s medical care and other family expenses. The fund is under the name “Harris Family.”

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644
adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com

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