A Pierce County SWAT team has arrested a 32-year-old man believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run collision that killed one 12-year-old girl and injured another on Jan. 15 in the Midland area.
Officers arrested the man at 5:43 a.m. Wednesday after police surrounded his home and called for the man to come out. He surrendered peacefully.
Immaculee Goldade was killed instantly, and her friend, Kathleen Olson, survived the crash but was badly injured. The two were walking on 104th Street East near 24th Avenue east in the Midland area of unincorporated Pierce County when they were hit.
“A lot of us have children and family of our own,” Pierce County Sergeant Darren Moss told KIRO Newsradio. “It’s hard to see.”
A few days later, Pierce County investigators released photos of a person of interest in the case. Deputies say that man stopped at a convenience store off Canyon Road in a stolen truck and took off shortly after.
Pierce County traffic investigators, detectives and deputies were able to link the man to the burglary of a business where the truck that hit the girls, — a white flatbed — was stolen, and identify him as the driver of the truck at the time the girls were hit.
The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, felony hit-and-run death, hit-and-run injury, possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm, and second-degree burglary.
KIRO Newsradio’s Radio’s Heather Bosch contributed to this report.