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Passenger killed in head-on collision on SR 7 has been identified

A 79-year-old killed in a head-on collision on state Route 7 Monday has been identified.

Soon Chom was a passenger in a Honda Ridgeline traveling south on SR 7 when it was struck by another vehicle near Mashel Prairie Road just after 7 p.m.

Troopers said a 21-year-old Tacoma man driving a Volkswagon Jetta was heading north when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the Honda.

Chom was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and pronounced dead.

The Honda’s driver, a 67-year-old Eatonville man, and an 11-year-old child in the backseat were also injured and taken to area hospitals.

Troopers said the cause of the collision was distracted driving on the part of the 21-year-old but did not specify what he was distracted by. No drugs or alcohol were believed to be involved.

He has not been arrested.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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