by Bruce A. Smith
The Washington State Patrol announced this evening that Raymond R. Craig, 20, of Randle, Washington was fatally injured today in a collision on SR 161 at Thomas Rd. This stretch of road is just north of Clear Lake, half-way between Eatonville and Graham, and is noted for its many winding curves and steep road grades.
The WSP said that Craig had been transported to Tacoma General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead and his next of kin notified.
Craig was heading northbound on 161 in his 1992 Mitsubishi GT, and apparently slid into on-coming traffic in the southbound lane due to speed excessive for the conditions, according to police reports. Craig truck struck another vehicle head-on, and the crash closed both lanes of 161 for almost four hours.
The WSP say that Craig hit a 2013 Nissan 4D with three occupants, Ramon Becerrabecerra, 26, Jose Becerrabecerra, 20, and Carlos Becerrabecerra, 21, all from Fresno, California. These men received medical treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
Police stated that drugs and alcohol were not suspected in the incident.
I met Raymond once at my school’s Homecoming Football game. He was really nice and fun to talk to. Rest in peace wherever you may be.
Seems like everyone in the Puget Sound area believes the roads are built for their own private Grand Prix. They speed too much, they tailgate too much, and they run up behind other drivers on the freeway…and then they tap their brakes. I don’t feel the least bit sorry for this driver, who is just another daily victim of the poor driving habits practiced in this area. Recently, I took a trip to Phoenix and watched the roads there. Nothing like here, not even close. It was weird to see people driving ‘normally’.
That was my best friend and he was doing nothing wrong he lost control because of his tire blowing