A Spanaway man whose vehicle hit and killed a man delivering glass last year in downtown Tacoma pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide.
Jason Tamayo, 45, will be sentenced April 17 in the death of Mark Nigh, 56, of University Place.
Tamayo has been in jail since May 2014, when he drove his Jeep Cherokee into the back of a delivery truck parked outside the Winthrop Apartments in the 700 block of Commerce Street.
The Jeep hit Nigh, who was standing behind his delivery truck, and severed his legs below the knee.
Nigh’s son Tony, who was also there, applied a tourniquet to the injuries and cradled his father until help arrived. Both men were making a delivery for City Glass & Upholstery when the accident occurred.
Mark Nigh died at the hospital two days later.
Video surveillance from the collision showed Tamayo ran a stop sign at Commerce and Seventh streets and then swerved into oncoming lanes to pass other vehicles before hitting the back of the delivery truck.
A small bag of methamphetamine was found in Tamayo’s sock after the crash, records show. He told police he’d taken three prescription drugs that day but denied being under the influence of illegal drugs.
Mark Nigh, father of five, was well-known in the community for coaching T-ball, football, wrestling and lacrosse.