Vehicular homicide, possession of methamphetamine charges filed in death of pedestrian

Prosecutors have charged James Gordon Southard Jr.with felony vehicular homicide and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in the Saturday death of a 47-year-old pedestrian in the 10100 block of 214th Avenue East.

Prosecutors have charged James Gordon Southard Jr. with felony vehicular homicide and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in the Saturday death of a 47-year-old pedestrian in the 10100 block of 214th Avenue East.

Pierce County Medical Examiners identified the man on Monday as Gary Slick.

According to witnesses, Slick was walking north on 214th and was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling in the same direction. Two witnesses said Southard’s vehicle swerved toward Slick as he was walking on the shoulder and then struck him.

Bystanders performed CPR on the man until emergency personnel arrived.

Slick  was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

According to charging papers, Southard initially drove on after hitting Slick and purchased a sports drink at a convenience store and appeared nervous and confused as police confronted him.

Southard repeatedly told police “this isn’t my fault” and “he walked out into the road.”

During a search police located a baggie of methamphetamine, 17 whole and seven half Clonazepam pills, 19 whole Lorazepam pills and 131 methadone hydrochloride pills.

Southard also appeared to police to be groggy and disoriented and two vials of his blood were collected and are pending analysis by the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory.

More in News

Panthers jazzed for new Performing Arts Center

Sports fans should also be excited for new home-side covered seating at the school stadium.

Ellenson park likely site for new Enumclaw dog park

City Parks Director Michelle Larson estimates a mid- to late-summer opening.

Bonney Lake team is the ‘People’s Choice’ at scholarship dinner

The Panthers advanced culinary team turned eyes and attracted taste buds with their bacon-themed three course meal at the last Bite of the Apprentice.

City of Enumclaw seeking downtown developer

A new three-story building may be built on the corner of Cole and Railroad.

Paintings by sumi-e artist coming to gallery

Darlene Dihel’s ink paintings will be on display until May 1.

The Bonney Lake Police Department met up and thanked the Lake Tapps Hornets lacrosse team for taking a knee when a police procession passed their practice field in March. Photo by Ray Still
Officers thank kids who knelt during procession

The Lake Tapps Hornets lacrosse team took a knee to out of respect for Officer James Larson.

Feds set slight increase in national park fees

Annual passes, vehicle entrance fees and “per person” fees are climbing by $5 this summer.

King County Council passes renter protections bill

The legislation is intended to prevent landlords from discriminating based on the source of a prospective tenant’s income.

Police chief, student council members sworn in

Sophia DeMarco and Ian Tobius are the newest members of the Enumclaw City Council.

Most Read