Spanaway man charged in crash that killed teenager

Staff writerJune 5, 2014 

Miguel Argueta was drunk, high and speeding when he drove his van into another vehicle, killing a 17-year-old boy who was driving to buy his mother coffee, according to court records.

Pierce County prosecutors on Thursday charged Argueta, 26, with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for the April 25 crash in Summit that killed Quinnton Dimmitt, a Franklin Pierce High School student who would have graduated Saturday. Argueta, of Spanaway, pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail.

A sheriff’s deputy who responded to the crash at Waller Road and 84th Street East that morning found Dimmitt, Argueta and Argueta’s passenger trapped and unconscious in their respective vehicles.

Authorities said Dimmitt was traveling east on 84th Street East when he stopped at a stop sign. When the teen went through the intersection, Argueta’s van struck him at 93 miles per hour and pushed Dimmitt’s car 100 feet, charging papers state.

Dimmitt later died at the hospital. Argueta’s passenger suffered two broken ankles.

Deputies visited Argueta in the hospital seven hours after the wreck and noted in their report that he still reeked of alcohol. Argueta allegedly admitted to taking several shots of hard alcohol before getting behind the wheel and could not remember which road he’d been driving on.

Medical personnel had to sedate Argueta because he was “very combative and abusive toward ER staff,” documents show.

Toxicology tests determined Argueta was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to the accident.

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