Two in critical condition after fiery crash in Graham

Staff writerJanuary 22, 2014 

Courtesy of KIRO-TV

Two men are in critical condition after the car they were riding in launched into a tree and caught fire in Graham early Wednesday, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident happened just after 2 a.m. at 70th Avenue East and 224th Street East.

The driver, who turned 21 earlier this week, admitted to having three shots and four beers before getting behind the wheel, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A breathalyzer test allegedly registered him at double the legal blood alcohol content limit of .08.

The driver was traveling north on 70th Avenue East trying to get his Chevy Aveo up to 100 miles per hour when he went airborne and slammed into a tree, Troyer said.

The car caught fire. Firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames and free one of the passengers who had been trapped inside.

All three men were taken to area hospitals. Both passengers are listed in critical condition. The driver is said to have moderate injuries.

Troyer said the Chevy was going about 90 mph in a 40 mph zone when the driver lost control.

Detectives will forward the case to prosecutors, who could charge him with vehicular assault.

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