TACOMA, Wash. -- A Spanaway man is facing charges of vehicular homicide for a crash that killed a well-known Tacoma businessman. Jason Tamayo, 44, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
While it's business as usual on Commerce Street in Tacoma, a sidewalk memorial sheds light on a tragedy that took place just days before.
"It was just a horrific scene; there is a description, but nothing you want to relive or speak about again," said Chris Diloreto, who owns a restaurant near the crash.
Witnesses stood horrified as a jeep came barreling down the road on May 23 and slammed into 56-year old Mark Nigh, who was delivering glass at the Winthrop Apartments.
"There was no screeching of tires, it was just a big slam," said Diloreto. "It was a bad scene. The man's son, who I found out later, was administering first aid to them."
Nigh doesn't just leave behind a son who cradled his father after the crash, but an entire family and friends standing together as support continues to pour into his YouCaring donation site.
Police say 44-year old Jason Tamayo was behind the wheel and now faces charges of vehicular homicide. Court documents reveal a paramedic found a plastic baggie with meth inside Tamayo's sock.
"The allegation is that Mr. Tamayo was under the influence on methamphetamine and that the victim was just doing his job on a weekday afternoon and ended up dying, we felt that the defendant was a risk to the public in general and this was a way to help safeguard the public," said Pierce County Assistant Chief Deputy Stephen Penner.
It's why prosecutors asked for $1 million bail -- not enough says a community still in mourning.
"I think it should be worse," said Diloreto. "I think it was murder plain and simple."