Man killed as car slams into tree along Hwy. 512 in Puyallup

PUYALLUP, Wash. - A 44-year-old man was killed when his car slammed into a tree Saturday afternoon along Highway 512 in Puyallup, the Washington State Patrol reported.

State troopers responded to the scene, on Highway 512 just east of 7th Avenue SE, at about 12:10 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a serious one-car crash.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Francis S. Gierczynski, 44, of Puyallup, was found dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation found that Gierczynski was heading west on Highway 512 in a 1997 Mercury Cougar when he veered off the roadway and crashed into a tree. The car came to rest on its top after the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the accident, the State Patrol said.