According to Pierce County prosecutors, no one will face criminal charges in connection with a two-car collision in Tacoma, Washington, that killed six Arizona citizens in July.
According to the Tacoma News Tribune, a three-month Washington State Patrol investigation into the July 15 incident at the junction of state Route 509 and Alexander Avenue revealed that the Arizona residents’ car jumped a red light when the crash happened.
As per charging decision documents, the collision occurred at 11 a.m., when a Kia Forte sedan carrying seven passengers went across the intersection and was hit by an eastbound motorist in a BMW SUV. The Kia rolled 70 feet (21 meters) and caught fire after hitting a curb.
Five of the passengers of the Kia were pronounced dead at the site, while a sixth died later at St. Joseph Medical Center. A seventh passenger, a Phoenix male, survived with significant injuries but had no recollection of the collision. According to family relatives, the group had flown to Tacoma to attend an Amway convention.
Felix Y Begay, 25, of Kayenta, Arizona, Cerra Corner, 19, of Phoenix, Lisa Esparza, 19, of Phoenix, Javan Runnels, 22, of Phoenix, Calsie Sockyma, 25, of Tuba City, Arizona, and Erick Tsosie, 25, of Kayenta, Arizona were among those killed.
Corner, Begay, Runnels, Sockyma, and Tsosie were five of the victims who were not wearing seatbelts in the backseat of the Kia. Esparza was driving, and the Phoenix guy who survived was a front-seat passenger.
The BMW’s driver and passenger, a 42-year-old Tacoma man and his 40-year-old wife were unharmed.
According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Elizabeth Dasse, there was insufficient evidence to indicate the BMW driver behaved with contempt for the safety of others. She stated that the occurrence was neither a case of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault.