A man who crashed into a tree in January 2005 near Orting and was partially paralyzed drove into the same tree late Saturday and died, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies responded to the one-vehicle rollover crash on Patterson Road East near 213th Avenue Court East about 6:30 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday. The man was trapped the vehicle, unconscious and barely breathing, and could not be revived.
Pierce County medical examiners identified the man as Eugene Vos, 58, of Orting.
A deputy saw beer cans in the vehicle and could smell alcohol, Troyer said.
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Vos was not wearing his seatbelt, Troyer said.
Vos’ son told deputies the man crashed into the tree in January 2005 and was severely injured.
Pierce County sheriff’s investigators did not find any evidence of braking before the impact, Troyer said.