2005-07-15 23:51:16 UTC
Friday, July 15, 2005 · Last updated 10:23 a.m. PT
Boy who fired bottle rockets into traffic dies fleeing driver
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SPANAWAY, Wash. -- A driver angry that a 12-year-old Tacoma boy was
shooting bottle rockets at cars early Friday got out of his vehicle and
chased the boy into traffic, where he was struck and killed by another
car, authorities said.
Witnesses tried to revive the boy, identified by the Pierce County
Medical Examiner's Office as Garnet Wilis II. Two men were arrested
shortly afterward for investigation of manslaughter, the Washington
State Patrol said.
The episode happened around midnight near an intersection on Washington
7 in Spanaway, a small town south of Tacoma. Wilis and his 12-year-old
cousin had been hiding in bushes and shooting bottle rockets into
traffic, trooper Johnny R. Alexander said.
A green Toyota stopped, and its passenger, Tyrone Sherrod, 22, of
Tacoma, got out, chased one of the boys and started beating him,
The Toyota's driver, Mario N. Haley, 22, of Lakewood, made a U-turn and
chased the second boy into a nearby parking lot, Alexander said. Haley
then got out of the car and continued chasing the boy, who ran onto the
highway and was struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old Spanaway girl,
the patrol said.
Investigators determined the girl who hit Garnet was not at fault. The
other boy was treated for injuries and released to his parents.
Sherrod and Haley fled, but police found them three hours later at
homes in Tacoma and Lakewood.