1 killed, 4 injured, 1 arrested in Spanaway head-on crash

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SPANAWAY, Wash. – One person was killed, four were injured and one arrested after a head-on crash near Spanaway on Saturday night.

The crash happened at around 6:40 p.m. on Highway 507 and 208th Street E. The Washington State Patrol reports that a 1991 Toyota 4Runner was going south on SR 507 when a 2002 Ford F350, going north, crossed the center line and crashed into the Toyota head-on.

The impact caused the Toyota to roll several times before coming to a stop and catching fire. The Ford came to a stop in the northbound lane of the highway. The driver tried to leave the scene, but was quickly captured.

The driver of the Toyota, 50-year-old Todd Morose of Tacoma, was killed in the crash. Two children were injured, with one being taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and the other to Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma. A woman in the Toyota was transported to Madigan Army Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the Ford, 31-year-old Matthew Haygood of Roy, was treated at the crash scene, then arrested. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail, charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and obstructing an officer.

WSP says that speed was a cause in the crash, and that drugs and/or alcohol were a factor. The investigation shut down the highway for several hours.

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8 comments

    • Jeff

      Just 10 years in prison for killing someone? Vehicular homicide should be weighed as heavily as any other kind of homicide. You’ve killed a man for crying out loud!

      • John117

        Agree, Max time should exceed 20 years when the charges are stacked. Especially if he was involved in the earlier hit and run as is being claimed. The system should make sure he never drives again. Or maybe an accident inside the prison will keep him from driving again. Either way works for me.

  • Holly

    He caused an accident 15 min earlier on 138th and C st and fled the scene..I live on the corner, heard a loud bang, opened up my door to see a jeep with the bushes and watched a white ford pass a car on the shoulder and speed off northbound down C St..I called 911..and not 12 minutes later, he caused this accident and killed a man..he shold go away for a long time

  • truth hurts

    My aunt was killed in this exact same spot by a drunk driver crossing the centerline in 2008. The whole highway is dangerous. 50mph, fort Lewis traffic crossing highway, no lights, poorly placed passing zones. It is not uncommon for traffic to be doing over 70mph. Then being drunk and or high doesn’t help anything either. The man that hit my aunt had 2 prior dui’s. Shouldn’t have had a license. The dui laws have got to get stiffer or this will not change.

  • Crissi

    Yeah right, he won’t spend a day over 5 years in prison. Vehicular homicide carries the max penalty of what, 7 years?