Driver who hit and killed man in downtown Tacoma cited for drugs

Staff writerMay 27, 2014 

The 44-year-old driver who hit and killed a man working in downtown Tacoma Friday was cited for possession of a controlled substance, police said.

Although officers said the man showed no signs of being impaired at the scene of the crash, a bag of methamphetamine was allegedly found on him at the hospital.

The driver was cited but not arrested. The News Tribune is not naming him because he has not been charged with a crime. Pierce County prosecutors will make a charging decision after reviewing the investigation, which includes toxicology results.

The accident happened about 4 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of South Commerce Street.

Mark Nigh was doing glass work at the Winthrop Apartments and was standing behind his truck when a Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into him.

Witnesses told police the driver passed a car at a stoplight and crossed the double yellow line to pass at least one more car before pulling back into his lane and hitting Nigh.

Nigh’s legs were severed in the crash. He died of his injuries Monday.

Nigh coached for 11 years at University Place Lacrosse Club and was involved with other youth sports.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary; his sons, James, Timothy and Mark; and daughters Valentina and Sky. His oldest son, Billy, was killed in a car crash in 2003 at age 17.

Anyone who would like to donate to the Nigh family can visit http://bit.ly/1pgzII7. More than $4,000 had been raised by Tuesday afternoon.

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