Officials identify pedestrian killed in Puyallup

Staff writerApril 18, 2014 

Christopher Kerns was a man of faith and trusted that God had a plan.

He kept a sticker on his car window that read “Life’s short, heaven’s forever” and recently told two co-workers he was prepared to join God whenever he was called.

It’s unlikely Kerns knew how soon that time would come.

The 42-year-old Federal Way man was killed Thursday while in a crosswalk outside the Ford dealership where he worked in Puyallup.

Police arrested a 64-year-old Olympia man they believe was on drugs at the time of the accident, which took place about 7 p.m. at River Road and North Meridian Street.

The driver was jailed on suspicion of vehicular homicide and is expected to be charged Monday.

Capt. Scott Engle said it’s unknown what drugs the driver was allegedly on. Police are awaiting the results of a blood test taken after the crash.

The driver was heading south on North Meridian Street in a 2002 Lexus when he allegedly ran a red light, hit a Cadillac in the intersection and then struck Kerns in the crosswalk.

The Lexus continued south on North Meridian with Kerns on the hood of the car, jumped up and over a curb and hit a sign and four vehicles, three of which were parked in the Ford dealership’s lot.

Kerns worked at the Ford dealership for 14 months but had been in the automotive industry longer than that. He was also studying civil engineering at a local college.

“He was very hard-working and a very selfless man,” said his boss, John Hall, president of Korum Automotive Group. “He helped others and supported them and lent a hand to anyone that needed it.”

Witnesses are asked to call the Puyallup Police Department Major Collision Response Team at 253-841-5417.

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