An 82-year-old man surrendered to Tacoma police after he ran his truck into a woman pregnant with twins and initially fled the scene, according to court records.
Prosecutors charged him with failing to remain at an injury accident Thursday. His arraignment is set for later this month.
Police and charging papers give this account:
The hit-and-run happened just before noon July 31, near the 4000 block of Tacoma Mall Boulevard.
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Officers responded and found the woman in the street, holding her stomach.
Investigators noted there were crossing signals in the area but that the woman didn’t appear to be in a crosswalk.
One witness told investigators that the woman had gone onto the truck’s hood and then to the ground.
“He said it looked like the truck drove right over the pedestrian’s pregnant belly,” charging papers show.
While investigators were at the scene, they got a call that the driver had gone to the police station to turn himself in.
He said he’d been going 25 to 30 miles per hour, saw a green light ahead and was unable to stop in time when he noticed the woman in the street.
He left the area after he hit her and went to drop off perishable items he was donating to a church.
After, he decided he should talk to police about the crash.
He said he’d panicked, and the detective noted he was very sorry and worried about the woman and the unborn twins.
The woman, who suffered a broken femur and a couple broken ribs, told police from the hospital that the twins were doing fine.