Man killed in Washington crash after attempted robbery at bikini barista stand

Man killed in Washington crash after attempted robbery at bikini barista stand
The car was mangled in the high-speed crash.

PARKLAND, Wash. - A 19-year-old man who attempted to rob a closed bikini barista stand Tuesday morning lost his life when he crashed his car while fleeing from police down Pacific Highway South.

The drama began at about 4:30 a.m. when Pierce County sheriff's deputies receiving a call about a burglary in progress at a closed coffee stand in the 13900 block of Pacific Avenue South.

Witnesses saw a man run from the business and deputies quickly located the man's getaway vehicle, a red Acura.

As deputies pursued the car, the suspect accelerated to speeds of more than 70 mph along Pacific Highway South. After about two miles, the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a power pole. He was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The pursuing vehicle estimated the speed at 70-plus as he's coming up to the 112th Street," said Pierce County deputy Scott Powers. "He made a quick lane change ... that's what caused him to lose control."

The car was completely mangled in the crash. Several cars in the nearby Titus-Will auto dealership also were damaged in the crash.

All northbound lanes of Pacific Highway at 112th Street are closed during the investigation.