Man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed Tacoma man

Staff writerMarch 13, 2014 

Pierce County prosecutors on Thursday charged a driver suspected of killing a Tacoma man in a fatal crash and fleeing, leaving behind the car he’d been driving and the dying man.

Jason Hoke, 32, was arrested Wednesday in Longview on a state Department of Corrections warrant for escaping community custody. He will be brought to Pierce County to face charges of vehicular homicide, failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death and third-degree driving on a suspended license.

The March 3 wreck at Waller Road East and 46th Street East killed Douglas Davis, 57, a Boeing Co. employee.

Charging papers give this account:

Hoke borrowed a friend's 2012 Chevrolet Cruze and was traveling south on Waller Road East when other drivers noticed the car swerving into oncoming traffic. One car narrowly avoided being hit seconds before Hoke's car drove head-on into a northbound 1996 BMW Coupe driven by Davis.

A third car smashed into the back of the BMW because that driver could not stop in time. The driver was not hurt.

After the accident, witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that Hoke was staggering around looking for his cell phone. He then walked away and wasn’t seen again.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies spoke with the woman who lent her car to Hoke and she initially said she’d received an anonymous text message that her car had been involved in a crash. She said she wanted to report it stolen.

Investigators got a search warrant for her phone and found Hoke called her twice about 15 minutes after the crash. Both calls had been deleted. The woman then admitted she’d spoken with Hoke, who said he’d been in a crash and possibly had broken ribs. The woman was not arrested in connection with the incident.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653
stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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