Posted: 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Driver found in Point Defiance crash

Car involved in crash at Point Defiance Park
Car involved in crash at Point Defiance Park

TACOMA, Wash. —

Tacoma police have found the driver in a crash at Point Defiance park on Monday that left one man hospitalized.

Spokeswoman officer Loretta Cool said investigators tracked down and interviewed the driver. Information will be sent to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office for review. The driver could face a charge of vehicular assault, Cool said, but was not arrested pending further investigation.

Cool said the passenger, a 24-year-old man, suffered non-life threatening injuries when the Honda Civic the two were riding in spun out and flipped at high speed along the park's popular Five Mile Drive around 7 a.m. and hit a tree.

The passenger, whose name has not been released, was found lying on the street.  He did not cooperate with police.

Police called in a search and rescue team with specially trained dogs to search a heavily wooded area near the crash scene.   At the time, they weren't sure if the injured person was the driver or the passenger, and there was concern someone from the car may have been thrown into the brush during the crash.  

No one else was found because the driver left the scene, Cool said.

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