• January 18, 2022

12-year-old Girl Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Hit-and-run Accident on 104th Street East in Pierce County, WA

UPDATE (January 27, 2022): Authorities say they arrested a man they believe to be the driver involved in the accident. They say that man was arrested near Tacoma and Parkland and faces charges for vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, burglary, duty in case of death at a vehicle accident, and possession of stolen property. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Pierce County, WA -- January 15, 2022, a girl was killed and another was hurt following a hit-and-run accident where a truck hit them, then left the scene.

Preliminary reports indicated that the incident happened Saturday morning along 104th Street East. Authorities said that two 12-year-old girls were walking along the roadway when a white truck with a dark dump bed hit them. That truck left the scene.

Due to the collision, one of the girls succumbed to her injuries. The other remained hospitalized. Police released photos of the truck and images of the suspected driver. A local business reportedly said that the truck was stolen from their business. Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Truck Hit-and-run Accident on 104th Street in Pierce County

immaculee goldade Pierce County, WA Truck Hit-and-run Accident 104th Street East

This is just awful beyond words. To think that a family was robbed of a lifetime without their little girl because of someone reckless truck driver just makes my blood boil. Any parent would feel the same reading these reports. The fact police say this truck may have been stolen only makes locating this driver more crucial. Simply circulating their findings in the news as much as possible can be a vital step forward. Even with a mask, someone is bound to recognize a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker and come forward to do the right thing. There can be justice for this terrible tragedy, but it's going to take continued efforts from the community to make sure the victims and families here get the justice they deserve.

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