PUYALLUP -- A 26-year-old Spanaway man was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his pickup and crashed through a guardrail after speeding recklessly along state Route 512.
State troopers and emergency personnel responded to the scene just after 2 a.m. after getting calls about the fiery crash.
The driver, Ryan D. Allen of Spanaway, was rocketing east in a 2005 Dodge Ram at speeds of nearly 100 mph when witnesses say he blew past them and veered off the roadway to the left.
Allen lost control in the grass and shot back onto the highway, crossing all lanes of traffic and crashing through a guardrail on the right, taking out two Transportation Department signs.
The truck rolled twice after leaving the roadway, and Allen was thrown from the vehicle. The truck then burst into flames about 50 feet from the side of the highway.
By the time emergency personnel arrived, the truck was fully engulfed in flames. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said high speed and possibly alcohol were factors in the crash. Allen was not wearing his seat belt.
The right lane of S.R. 512 was closed for about four hours and the left lane was closed intermittently during investigation of the scene.