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14-year-old tied to fatal Lakewood crash released from hospital, arrested

Bouquets of flowers form a small memorial Tuesday near a broken sign pole and a cracked utility pole at the scene of a fatal car accident on Veterans Drive on Monday night that killed 10-year-old Dylan Wilson. Wilson was riding in the backseat of a car driven by a 14-year-old friend, riding along with two other underage boys.
Bouquets of flowers form a small memorial Tuesday near a broken sign pole and a cracked utility pole at the scene of a fatal car accident on Veterans Drive on Monday night that killed 10-year-old Dylan Wilson. Wilson was riding in the backseat of a car driven by a 14-year-old friend, riding along with two other underage boys. dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com

The 14-year-old driver of a car that slammed into a utility pole in Lakewood, killing a 10-year-old, was booked into Remann Hall juvenile detention center Tuesday.

Police picked up the boy from Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma and booked him on suspicion of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run.

Two other boys, ages 14 and 11, were injured in the wreck, which killed Dylan Wilson.

The 10-year-old boy’s father, Richard Wilson, described Dylan as a friendly, happy-go-lucky boy who liked to play video games, fish and throw a football.

“Everyone on this whole block and the blocks around him know him by name. He’s just a great kid,” Wilson told KIRO-TV. “I don’t see how this can happen, it don’t make any sense to me.”

Detectives were still trying to piece together the events that led up to the 4 p.m. crash at Veterans Drive Southwest and Interlaaken Drive Southwest, just up the road from the where the boys lived.

Police said the boys got the keys to a car belonging to the 11-year-old’s mother and went joyriding. Their path and how long they were gone are not yet known but police Lt. Chris Lawler said the boys at one point stopped to buy gas for the car.

On their way home, the boys’ car sideswiped a car at Gravelly Lake Southwest and Veterans Drive and kept going.

Police believe the 14-year-old driver panicked and sped down Veterans Drive, where the car hit a pole and spun into a tree.

Dylan, who was in the backseat with his 11-year-old best friend, died at the scene. The two older boys ran away from the crash. One went home; the other was found in the street nearby.

The Wilsons said they don’t know what happened but believe Dylan was peer pressured into getting in the car.

He got home from Idlewild Elementary School and went to meet his best friend at the bus stop as he usually did. The two then went to the friend’s house.

Richard Wilson said he and his wife, Michelle, were home at the time of the accident but didn’t know until an officer called them to the hospital. They passed the wreckage on their way.

On Tuesday, Michelle Wilson kept herself wrapped in her son’s blanket so she could smell him.

She clutched a stack of photographs showing a smiling, blonde boy. There he was throwing a football with his dad at American Lake. Clam digging with his grandfather. As a baby in their first family photograph.

“He was a wonderful boy and I miss him. What can I say?” Michelle Wilson said through tears.

Dylan chose to be a San Francisco 49ers fan rather than a Seattle Seahawks fan just to needle his father, Richard Wilson said.

He’s desperate for answers, and angry at the older boys in the car.

“They ran from the car and left my son and another kid in the backseat, a 10- and 11-year-old, dying,” he said. “They need to go to jail.”

Pierce County prosecutors are reviewing charges against the 14-year-old. He is expected to appear in court Thursday.

Detectives returned to the wreck scene Tuesday to take photographs of tire marks and search for other evidence. Several bouquets of flowers were left at the site in Dylan’s honor.

“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the boys and their families,” Police Chief Mike Zaro wrote on the department’s Facebook page. “Many of us are parents ourselves and can’t imagine what they are going through.”

KIRO-TV contributed to this report.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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