Pierce County prosecutors have charged a man who allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian walking on an Eatonville road.
Joel Ligrano, 53, is set to be arraigned May 26. He is charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving a death in the Dec. 7, 2014, death of John Williams.
The accident happened about 5:45 p.m. in the 6100 block of 340th Street East.
Witnesses said they had to swerve to avoid Williams, who was walking east on the edge of the road. When they drove by again moments later, they spotted him lying in a ditch and got help from a nearby fire station.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Williams’ roommate told deputies he’d left home on foot that night and was drunk, according to charging papers. At least three beer cans were found in the road.
Although the driver who struck Williams was not on scene when deputies arrived, Ligrano returned about an hour later and said he’d driven off because he thought he’d hit only a garbage can.
The deputy questioned how Ligrano could not know he’d hit a 260-pound man, especially with major damage to his vehicle’s windshield, hood and side mirror.
“The defendant replied that he was blinded by the headlights of the vehicle passing him and ‘the area was dark and there was a ditch but he didn’t see anything and that he was scared so he went home,’ ” according to court documents.