State Patrol: Saturday car crash near JBLM leaves one dead

A 22-year-old is dead and another injured after an early morning rollover crash on I-5, June 15, 2024.

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A 22-year-old is dead and another 22-year-old injured after an early morning car rollover near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both men were associated with JBLM, WSP Trooper Shannon McKenzie told The News Tribune around 10 a.m. Saturday. The name of the deceased has not been released as JBLM is awaiting confirmation from next of kin, McKenzie said.

According to WSP, the 22-year-olds were driving south on I-5 near Gravelly Lake when the vehicle left the roadway to the right, struck a tree and rolled back onto the roadway on its roof. According to the report, a call about the collision came in around 2:52 a.m.

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The driver was found deceased at the scene and was not wearing his seat belt. The passenger, Jeremiah E. Taylor Smith, was wearing a seat belt and was taken to Madigan Hospital with injuries, the WSP report said. McKenzie could not confirm the severity of Taylor Smith’s injuries Saturday morning.

Drug or alcohol impairment is suspected in the case, but that is pending, McKenzie said. Neither party’s city of origin has been released.

According to the report, the vehicle driven was a 2009 Black Chevy Malibu Sedan 4D.

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