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Puyallup, WA – Pedestrian Killed and Walgreens Struck in DUI Crash on S. Meridian St

Puyallup, WA (February 22, 2024) – A tragic incident occurred Tuesday morning, February 20, when a 41-year-old driver, under the influence, hit a pedestrian and then crashed into a Walgreens on S. Meridian St. Puyallup Police and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue rushed to the scene at 9:19 a.m., following reports of the crash.

Before hitting the building, a witness reported seeing a “passenger” ejected from the vehicle. First responders found a severely injured man unconscious in a flowerbed, who was later pronounced dead despite life-saving attempts.

Minimal damage was reported to the Walgreens. The driver was arrested for DUI and vehicular homicide and booked into Pierce County Jail after hospital treatment.

Preliminary investigations revealed the pedestrian was struck from behind while walking northbound on S. Meridian St. The driver then veered across all lanes before colliding with the store. The Metro Cities Major Collision Response Team will further investigate the crash, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the victim. The investigation remains active.

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