Man hit by SUV in downtown Tacoma dies

Tacoma News TribuneMay 26, 2014 

Police investigate the scene Friday where a man in his his mid-50s suffered life-threatening injuries after he was hit by an SUV on Commerce Street in downtown Tacoma.

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A man hit by a car Friday while working in downtown Tacoma died Monday, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's office confirmed.

Mark Nigh, a University Place resident in his mid-50s, was doing glass work at the Winthrop Apartments in the 700 block of South Commerce Street Friday when the crash occurred.

At about 4 p.m. a driver in a Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into Nigh as he stood behind his truck, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Friday.

Police said the SUV was heading south when it passed a car at a stoplight and then crossed a double yellow line to pass at least one more car before pulling back into its lane and hitting Nigh.

The owner of a nearby business said he did not hear screeching tires prior to hearing the crash, which severed Nigh's legs.

The driver of the Jeep was a 44-year-old man and showed no signs of obvious impairment, Cool said Friday. He was detained for the purposes of the investigation.

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist said he will review the case Tuesday for possible charges of vehicular homicide.


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