Crash victims identified

Potential charges pending results of bloodwork


September 15, 2022

The person believed to have caused the three-car accident that claimed the lives of Rita L. Lyman of Shelton and Duane M. Wharton of Olympia last Wednesday on U.S. Highway 101 near Shelton said he recalls drifting toward the centerline and hearing his wife scream, according to incident reports.

According to a Washington State Patrol news release, Wharton, 58, was driving the dump truck and Lyman, 66, was driving the Toyota 4Runner that the truck crushed.

The Mazda driver, Mitchell Larsen, 66, caused the accident, according to the WSP. He crossed the centerline and struck the dump truck on...

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