Charges: Suspect had meth in sock during fatal Tacoma crash
TACOMA, Wash. -- A 44-year-old driver was charged with vehicular homicide Thursday for allegedly crashing his jeep into a pedestrian, severing his legs and killing him, while possibly high on meth.
According to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, 56-year-old Mark Nigh was loading tools into the back of his truck after delivering glass to a downtown Tacoma apartment building with his son May 23 when a jeep driven by Jason Tamayo crashed into him.
The jeep pinned Nigh to his truck and severed his legs, according to the Prosecutor's Office. He died in the hospital two days later.
Witnesses reported seeing Tamayo speeding, running a stop sign and swerving into oncoming traffic to pass two other cars before hitting Nigh.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, a bag of methamphetamine was found in Tamayo's sock following the crash. He reportedly denied knowing what it was, but he had dilated pupils, elevated blood pressure and pulse, and trouble concentrating and answering questions.
Tamayo has also been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.