A 33-year-old McCleary man has been identified as the passenger who died after a truck ran off Highway 108 Saturday and struck a tree. The State Patrol identified the deceased man as Harley J. Harmon.
Harmon was reported as in the front passenger seat of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup as it traveled eastbound on SR-108 at a high rate of speed – reportedly as high as 100 MPH. At milepost 8, the truck failed to negotiate a turn near Eich Road and struck the tree about 2 PM. The crash blocked the highway for five and a half hours.
A press memo indicates drugs or alcohol were involved and speed was a contributing factor. The driver of the truck, Todd V. Jones, 25 of Salkum, who transported by aid car to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, faces charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Another passenger in the Chevy, Morgan I. Hite, 28 of Akron, Indiana, was transported to Mason General Hospital.