Man charged with vehicular homicide extradited to Pierce County

Staff writerApril 9, 2014 

A man charged with killing a Tacoma man in a car crash before fleeing the scene was brought back to Pierce County Wednesday to face charges.

Jason Hoke, 32, was extradited from Longview, where he was arrested last month.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with vehicular homicide, failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death and third-degree driving on a suspended license. Hoke is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

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

Hoke was allegedly driving a friend’s 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when he hit Davis’ 1996 BMW coupe head-on. A third vehicle smashed into the rear of Davis’ car because the driver could not stop in time to avoid the accident.

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that Hoke staggered around the scene looking for his cellphone before walking away from the crash, leaving behind the car he was driving.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The owner of the car Hoke was driving reported the car stolen but phone records showed Hoke called her twice shortly after the accident. Hoke possibly broke his ribs in the accident, according to court records.

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