Police say beer theft led to fatal crash

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TACOMA, Wash. - Two men were killed after they crashed their car after stealing 12-packs of Bud Light from a convenience store, police said.

Police said the men went into a Chevron convenience store in the 7200 block of McKinley Avenue in Tacoma at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

When the clerk confronted the men, one of them pushed him to the ground.

Police said the men sped away in a BMW, with a third man as a getaway driver. When the car was a little less than a mile from the convenience store, the driver lost control, hit a garbage bin, and then drove off the road and hit construction fence, police said.

The BMW launched into the air and flew about 30 feet into a construction site at East 64th Street near M
Street, police said.

The Medical Examiner's Office said 21-year-old Walter Corey and 22-year-old James Paggeot were found dead on the scene.

Eyewitnesses said the two men launched from the car. One of them traveled about 50 feet and slammed into a house.

"I heard a thud and looked out the window," the homeowner said. "The police said, 'You don't want to look over there.'"

See photos from the crash scene here.

Police said the getaway driver was well enough after the crash to run from the scene. A police spokeswoman said they caught up with him a short time later. The Prosecutor's Office said the case has not been referred to them yet and they don't know what charges he will face yet.

Neither the police or the Prosecutor's Office would release the name of the driver.

KIRO 7 spoke with Corey's cousin later in the day. Rosendo Robinson said he had no idea why his cousin was involved in the robbery right before he died.

"Just a bunch of dumb fun," Robinson speculated. "They didn't need to try and hurt the clerk, but they were just being young."