One woman died and two men were taken to the hospital in critical condition Sunday after the stolen pickup they were in crashed while they were being pursued by Tacoma police, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
The crash happened about 1:40 a.m. near 64th Street and Waller Road East.
Cool said the vehicle was taken in a Lakewood carjacking and that Tacoma officers recognized and started pursuing it.
As the vehicle fled, its lights were turned off, and it lost control and hit a utility pole, Cool said. No other vehicles were involved.
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All three people appeared to be in their 20s, she said.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office had not released the name of the woman who died as of Sunday evening.
Tacoma Public Utilities said on Facebook that about 30 people lost power as a result of the wreck.
Lakewood police spokesman Chris Lawler gave this account of the carjacking:
A 62-year-old man returned to his apartment in the 5900 block of 99th Street Southwest to find a vehicle with three people inside in his parking spot.
He asked them to move, and the group punched him and kicked his head. The three took off with his 2004 GMC pickup, leaving the vehicle they arrived in.
The man was taken to the hospital with severe head injuries.
Further information was not immediately available.