The fiance of a woman who was killed in a collision on State Route 167 near Puyallup early Tuesday says she was 12 weeks pregnant when she died.
Jason Speers said he and his fiancee, 34-year-old Shanna Huttenstine, were in a cab headed home to Tacoma from the hospital when their cab collided with a pickup truck.
In a daze, Speers was able to walk away from the crash with just one scratch, but then he realized how hurt his fiancee was.
She whispered something. I don't remember. But I heard 'I love you' out of it, he said. That was it. She passed away in my arms last night.
The driver of the pickup, a 48-year-old Puyallup man, was booked into jail for vehicular homicide after the crash.
The Washington State Patrol said a taxi van with three people and a full size pickup with just the driver collided just after midnight on SR 167 near Puyallup. Troopers said the pickup was headed northbound when it crossed into the southbound lanes. The taxi driver tried to avoid the truck, but they collided.
Both Speers and Huttenstine were wearing seat belts in back of the taxi at the time of the crash.
The 52-year-old Seattle man driving the taxi with Speers and Huttenstine was injured and transported to a hospital. He was last listed in critical condition.
Troopers said the pickup truck driver was under the influence, but they don't think alcohol was involved. They hope a blood sample will determine what caused the impairment. He will likely be charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Speers wants the driver who caused the crash to face the maximum sentence.
Not only did he take an innocent life, he took an unborn life, said Speers. I may be able to forgive, like God does, but I will never forget what he's done to me.