Pedestrian hit and killed in Puyallup

Staff writerApril 17, 2014 

UPDATE: Police arrested the driver on suspicion of vehicular homicide. Engle said they believe he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

INITIAL POST: A pedestrian died after he was hit by a car in a Puyallup crosswalk Thursday, police said.

Officials had not yet identified the 41-year-old Federal Way man late Thursday, who died at the scene.

Police spokesman Scott Engle said it appeared the driver failed to stop at a red light about 7 p.m. on River Road while heading south on North Meridian, hitting an employee of a nearby Ford dealership in the crosswalk there.

Preliminarily, Engle said it looked like the Lexus traveled a “considerable distance” down the road with the pedestrian on the hood of the car, jumping up and over a curb, over landscaping, hitting a sign and then four vehicles — three of which were in the parking lot of the Ford dealership.

The car also hit a Cadillac heading west on River Road that had the right of way, Engle said.

Investigators had not yet determined what caused the crash.

Engle said it was too soon to say whether drugs or alcohol were involved. The driver is a 64-year-old Olympia man, he said.

Southbound North Meridian was closed at River Road, and eastbound River Road was closed at Fourth Street Northwest for the investigation.

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