Other witnesses advised they had observed the truck speeding and weaving from lane to lane along Sumner Avenue in Aberdeen prior to the collision in Hoquiam. The truck apparently narrowly missed striking several parked vehicles along the way.
The 66-year old Hoquiam woman driving the truck was the only occupant. She was treated at the scene by Hoquiam paramedics; she sustained what appeared to be minor injuries from the collision.
The driver was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence of prescription medication. She consented to a blood test and was released pending further investigation before being transported by Hoquiam ambulance to Community Hospital.
The blood samples will be sent to the State Toxicology Laboratory for testing pending charges into Hoquiam Municipal Court.
Both the truck and parked vehicle had to be towed from the scene. The chainlink fence in the front yard adjacent to the tree was also destroyed in the collision.
“Motorists should be reminded the use of prescription medication is no defense to driving under the influence if the medication causes impairment or intoxication while driving.”