2 dead after stolen vehicle chase ends in wreck

The pursuit of a stolen vehicle Wednesday ended with two people dead after the driver lost control of the car and it was hit by an oncoming vehicle in the Spanaway area, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.

The wreck happened about 2:30 p.m. after a woman, reportedly the mother of one of the two who died, called 911 to report that her daughter’s friends had brought a stolen car to the woman’s home. Deputies found and chased the stolen car before it crashed.

Killed in the vehicle was 22-year-old Bonney Lake man Brew Baker, and 18-year-old Krista Case of Tacoma, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Case is the daughter of the woman who called 911, KING-TV reported.

The driver of the oncoming vehicle was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

He gave this account of the pursuit and the crash:

The woman first reported that the stolen car, a white Honda, was at her home shortly after 2 p.m.

A few minutes later, she called again to say her daughter’s friends had returned in a black Honda to get the car. She said they then took off in both cars, leaving on 152nd Street East and driving toward Pacific Avenue South.

Just before 2:30 p.m. a sheriff’s deputy spotted the white Honda, which authorities had learned was stolen Sunday, at 22nd Avenue East and Military Road East. The deputy started chasing the car west on Military at more than 50 miles per hour.

A few minutes later, at 152nd and Brookdale, the car spun out of control as the driver tried to speed around other deputies. The car ended up perpendicular to the road and was T-boned by an oncoming Sedan.

About the same time, a deputy stopped the black Honda at 153rd Street East and Military, and detained one person. Investigators determined that car was stolen Tuesday.

Further details weren’t immediately available.