Man Charged with Vehicular Assault in July Crash that Injured his 12-Year-Old Son and Auburn Driver

Pierce County prosecutors charged Jeffery Wissing with vehicular assault and reckless endangerment in the July 15 crash that injured an Auburn woman and sent his 12-year-old son to the hospital.

Earlier this week, 54-year-old Puyallup resident Jeffery Wissing was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment in

Charging papers in the case state that Wissing and his son were driving home from a wedding on July 15 around 2 a.m. when he turned his car around a bend and drove into oncoming traffic at 10805 State Route 162, south of Spooner Farms between Sumner and Orting. The Auburn woman in the other car saw him coming and attempted to pull off the roadway, but he hit her car, pushed it into a ditch and started a fire in the car’s engine.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Wissing was driving about 70 mph at the time of the crash and was likely under the influence of alcohol. An off-duty sheriff’s deputy stopped to help – the woman had to eventually be extricated from the vehicle.

Her three passengers were uninjured; police arrived on the scene to find Wissing passed out in the passenger seat of his car. His son was transported to the hospital for minor injuries; the Auburn woman broke several bones in the crash.


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