Learn about the accident that killed a pregnant woman in a SR 167 crash near Puyallup earlier this month, and find out about the charges against the driver.

Mom-to-Be Killed in SR 167 Accident Near Puyallup

Posted on Mar 29, 2014

It was around midnight on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 when Jason Speers and his 34-year-old fiancée, Shanna Huttenstine, were headed to their Tacoma home via cab. Instead of reaching their home safely, they were reportedly involved in a SR 167 accident near Puyallup. Ms. Huttenstine, who was about 12 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash, was killed in this accident; two other people were reported to be injured.

Initial Details of the Accident

Accident reports indicate that 48-year-old Anderson Hamilton was driving his pickup truck on Highway 167 when he crossed the center line and hit the taxi head on. Ms. Huttenstine reportedly died at the scene of the crash, Mr. Speers reportedly suffered minor physical injuries in the crash, and the taxi driver—whose name was not immediately released to the media—reportedly suffered serious injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Charges Against Pickup Driver

Prosecutors have charged Mr. Hamilton with two counts of vehicular assault and one count of vehicular homicide following this SR 167 accident. They allege that he refused sobriety tests after the crash, but that he appeared to be under the influence of drugs to the trooper who responded to the accident scene. Additionally, the Pierce County prosecutor has allegedly told the media that Mr. Hamilton had needles and what appeared to be marijuana in his pocket.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Shanna Huttenstine and we offer our best wishes for fast and full physical recoveries to Jason Speers and to the driver of the cab involved in this crash.

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