Mother wanted to face man charged with stealing van, hitting her family

by: John Knicely Updated:

TACOMA, Wash. -  A Tacoma mother wouldn’t miss a chance to see Erick Bryan face justice.  On Friday she brought two of her six children with her to a Pierce County courtroom.  Bryan is charged with stealing a van, fleeing from police, and crashing into a vehicle carrying the Hoefgen family.

 Just the luck that my 15 year-old-son was not in the car,” Hoefgen said, “because he would have gotten the blunt force.”

 While she counts her blessings, Hoefgen wants to see justice served and see Bryan face-to-face.

 “We want to see this go all the way and this guy do life. That's what we want,” said Hoefgen.

 This wasn't Erick Lee Bryan's first run-in with the law.  He was wanted for a robbery in Pierce County but police couldn't find him.  Then this robbery, chase, and crash happened on April 5.  Now, he'll remain in the Pierce County Jail on $1 million bail until trial.

 Tacoma police dogs caught Bryan after he fled the crash, and the Hoefgen family got a chance to meet the officers to thank them.

 Due to a pending lawsuit Hoefgen didn't want to elaborate on the family's injuries, but the children are healing.

 “We’re all coping,” she said.

 More than anything, she wants justice.  On Friday a judge delayed the trial for Erick Bryan and scheduled it for October 8th.