Olympia

3 injured in hit-and-run crash in Olympia; suspect arrested

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The suspect in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people early Thursday in Olympia has been located and arrested, police said.

It was just before 1 a.m. when a speeding white Acura struck and critically injured a pedestrian along 4th Avenue East, then crashed into two cars. One of those cars was pushed into a police car, but the officer was not injured.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Ramsey Kira, then abandoned his car and ran from the scene. The officer gave chase but lost him after several blocks. Additional officers and a police dog searched the area but came up empty.

They found him later in the morning at his home. He was arrested, and police believe drugs or alcohol could have played a role in the crash.

The injured pedestrian was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with critical injuries. Her leg was so damaged that it had to be amputated.


Two others who were trapped in one of the struck cars were treated for minor injuries.

Police were eventually able to identify the hit-and-run suspect through vehicle licensing information. Ramsey Kira, 22 of Olympia, was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault and will be booked into Thurston County jail.

Police are continuing their investigation, and the suspect may face additional charges. Police believe that drugs and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.