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Man killed after being ejected from vehicle in Graham-area crash

David McQuain, 33, of Graham was killed Saturday night after being thrown from his SUV while drunkenly speeding down 304th Street East, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
David McQuain, 33, of Graham was killed Saturday night after being thrown from his SUV while drunkenly speeding down 304th Street East, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Courtesy

A man was killed Saturday night after a crash after being ejected from his vehicle south of Graham, officials said Monday.

Pierce County medical examiners identified the man as David McQuain, 33, of Graham.

The crash happened about 6:45 p.m. on 304th Street East at its intersection with Webster Road East.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrived to find McQuain’s SUV in a ditch to the side of 304th Street, having rolled over before striking a utility pole, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Witnesses told deputies the SUV had been speeding westbound along 304th Street and sideswiped another SUV going the opposite direction. That sent McQuain’s SUV into the ditch and the utility pole.

As the SUV rolled, McQuain was ejected from it and thrown into the ditch. Its speedometer was stuck at 80 mph, deputies found later.

Witnesses and Graham Fire & Rescue crews tried to tend to McQuain, who was conscious and combative at the time, Troyer said. He reeked of alcohol when he was in the ambulance.

McQuain was taken from the scene by Graham Fire & Rescue crews but died while being transported to a Tacoma hospital, Assistant Chief Steve Richards said.

McQuain had two prior convictions for driving under the influence, deputies found.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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