UPDATED: Gig Harbor Woman Killed in SR 302 Crash, Two Vaughn Residents Injured

The Washington State Patrol responded to a two-car collision on SR-302 near 124th Avenue Court Kp N on Thursday morning. Gig Harbor resident Patricia Pierce was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:32 p.m.

The Washington State Patrol has released additional information from the fatal head-on collision on Thursday.

The 47-year-old Patricia Pierce from Gig Harbor was driving a black 2008 Chevrolet Equinox on eastbound SR 302 at 9:13 a.m.

When she was approaching 124th Avenue Court Kp N, she crossed the center line into the on-coming traffic and struck the black 2000 Ford Expedition. The car was driven by a 45-year-old Vaughn woman. A 7-year-old girl from Vaughn was also inside the car.

Pierce was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 45-year-old woman and the child were sent to St. Joseph's Hospital and Mary Bridge Hospital, respectively. Earlier today, Washington State Patrol spokesman Trooper Guy Gill reported that the child was in stable condition.

Both drivers and the passenger were wearing their seat belts.

The cause is still under investigation.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 12:57 p.m.

WSDOT Tacoma Traffic tweeted that SR 302 has reopened near Purdy. No backups are being reported.

The causing driver had a small dog in her lap at the time of the accident, which may have been a factor in the crash, Gill said. The driver and dog are deceased.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 12:45 p.m.

"The vehicles are being loaded up right now. Roadway will be open very soon." -via Trooper Gill. 


UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10:54 a.m.

WSP Trooper Guy Gill has reported that the child is in stable condition at the hospital. 


Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10:34 a.m.

The Washington State Patrol is currently responding to a fatal two-car collision on SR-302 at 124th Avenue Court Kp N.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Trooper Guy Gill has confirmed on Twitter that one adult female has been pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday.

SR-302 is closed at 124th as authorities investigate the scene. 

The Washington State Department of Transportation has set up a detour on SR 302 at 118th Avenue NW. As crews divert traffic onto local roads, drivers should expect delays in the area.

Another adult female and child were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Check back on Patch as more information becomes available.

Robin Neumann October 17, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Just found out the little girl is in my daughter's class! Prayers for their speedy recovery!
Akiko Oda October 17, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Thanks for the comment, Robin. My thought goes out to the families involved.
The Lee's October 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM
So sad... My husband and I drive this route everyday and it scares me how many accidents there are. Sending our thoughts to the families involved and reminders to the other drivers on 302- please be careful and pay attention to what you are doing.
J October 18, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Waypoint Church is taking donations on behalf of the family, gift cards/gas cards are welcome as family members will take turns being with them and traveling to and fro. Lots of prayers needed for them both, and of course for the Pierce Family in their time of grief.
Akiko Oda October 18, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Thanks for the update, J. Here's the contact information for Waypoint Church: 12719 134th Avenue Kp North, Gig Harbor, WA 98329; (253) 853-7878; http://www.waypoint-church.org/
Simone Cannon October 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM
how awful for everyone! Is anyone doing anything for the Pierce family? Will there be a memorial service?
Terry Jones October 19, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Patti is from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She is the mother of two wonderful children, Michael and and Mattison who are young adults in their early 20's. Her daughter, Mattison is a student at the University of St. Louis. Her son, Michael lives and works in Hopkinsville. There will be a memorial service for Patti at 5:00 p.m. on Monday at Southside Church of Christ, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Patti was a good friend and a deeply caring person who will be greatly missed by her family and friends in Hopkinsville.
Perris Woltz October 22, 2012 at 02:17 PM
There are only a few of us who, in Washington, knew Pattie. She was an uplifting joy to be around and we unfortunately only got a short time with her. She will incredibly missed and mourned. I personally wish there more time to be with her. We all reach out to her husband a children that she talked so highly of. Lots of love!! -Perris
Mac Greenwood October 26, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Pattie was absolutely the greatest love of my life! We had some differences, which led to us ending our engagement prior to her death. Her move to Washington caught me totally off gaurd as I had high hopes of having her back in my life! She had fallen into a unhealthy lifestyle that wasn't healthy to our relationship. I miss her more and more each day. She now has total control of my heart! Mac Greenwood


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