[Update] Girl pinned under pickup truck in Quilcene forest dies in hospital

Peninsula Daily News

QUILCENE— A teenager crushed underneath a pickup truck Sunday afternoon has died, according to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Ruby-Jean Murray, 14, of Brinnon died this morning from injuries sustained in the truck rollover, a Jefferson County sheriff's spokesperson said.

Murray was pulled from beneath the truck as emergency responders lifted the vehicle after it rolled over on a state Department of Natural Resources forest road near Quilcene.

The pickup driver, an 18-year-old man who has not yet been identified, was driving the small truck on the timberland road with three teenaged passengers riding in the bed according to police.

Traveling at a high rate of speed in reverse gear, the driver lost control, and the truck slid backward into a ditch, causing it to overturn.

Two of the passengers were thrown from the overturning truck, but the truck landed on top of Murray, who was trapped under the vehicle for nearly a half-hour.

She was flown to Harborview in critical condition.

Neither alcohol nor drugs is suspected to be a factor, but the driver might be facing criminal charges, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

Last modified: July 02. 2013 4:45PM
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