• August 16, 2019

Caire Cotton Killed, 1 Injured in Tacoma, WA, Alleged Drunk Driving Accident

Tacoma, WA -- August 3, 2019, Caire Cotton was killed and one person was injured after an accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver.

Authorities reported that the crash happened at around 6:00 p.m. at the I-705 and I-5 interchange.

Preliminary reports indicate that 24-year-old Cotton was between I-705 and the exit ramp for I-5 due to mechanical issues. While there, a minivan driven by 62-year-old Theresa Ruffner tried to make the I-5 ramp. In doing so, it went over the divided area and crashed into Cotton and the motorcycle. Following this, a Ford Focus crashed into the van.

As a result of the collision, Cotton succumbed to fatal injuries. One person from the Focus was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.

Police allege that Ruffner was driving drunk at the time of the crash. Reports indicate she had a BAC of .2, two and half times the legal limit. Police charged her with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

At this time, additional details remain unclear.

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