WSP: Wrong-way driver in suspected DUI crash was body builder
NEAR PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Troopers say a Tacoma body builder was under the influence when he caused a head-on crash on Thursday night, killing himself and seriously injuring another driver.
Moments before that collision in Port Orchard, Anthony Swinsinski was making his way home on Highway 16 when a wrong-way driver got in his lane. Swinsinski's mother is now with him as he recovers in the hospital, and described the crash.
"He said out of nowhere, he just saw this car coming straight at him," said Bridgett Swinsinski, adding that her son had no time to react.
The impact from the crash shattered his ankle and left the other driver dead at the scene. Troopers say that other driver may have been drunk, given that several witnesses called about his erratic driving just before the crash.
"When we first came in here, my heart was broken for the family of this man," Bridgett Swinsinski said. "It just devastated me. We asked the chaplain to pray for his family."
KOMO 4 News has since learned the suspected DUI driver was Delfin Ignacio, a 45-year-old competitive body builder from Tacoma. A check of court records showed Ignacio had been arrested for DUI twice before, in 2003 and again in 2009.
"It sounds terrible but drinking in a car is suicide, or homicide," Swinsinski said.
Swinsinski is in lots of pain, but his mother says he's not angry at the other driver. The 27-year-old is a published author but is worried about the time he'll miss from his regular job while his broken bones mend.