News Flash

All News

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Bonney Lake remembers father of 3 killed by man with earlier vehicular homicide conviction

Gary Slick

With the erection of two roadside memorial signs and a special DUI enforcement this weekend in Bonney Lake, family members urge the public to remember the life of Gary Slick, who was killed in one of Pierce County’s most devastating impaired-driving crashes.

Slick, a father of three, was walking a few blocks from his home in Bonney Lake to pick up his truck from a tire store on a sunny afternoon in 2012 when he was struck from behind. The driver, James Southard Jr., had previously served 10 years in prison for killing another man in a DUI crash who, like Slick, left behind a widow and children.

This Friday, Jan. 24, the public is invited by the Tacoma Pierce County Victim’s Panel to join the family, first responders and the Bonney Lake Police Department in remembering Slick during a brief, dual-memorial sign unveiling. The event will be held at 3 p.m. on 214th Street near the intersection of State Route 410 in Bonney Lake.

The next night, Jan. 25, several dozen officers from law enforcement agencies across the county participate in the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force’s special DUI emphasis patrol dedicated to Slick. Motorists stopped by officers will receive a remembrance flyer about Slick highlighting information about both the human and other costs of a DUI.

At least six officers trained as drug recognition experts will participate in the weekend enforcement. Slick’s tragedy shows why. Officers found methamphetamine and more than 170 prescription drug pills in Southard’s truck after he was caught fleeing the scene.

In conjunction with the chiefs of the Bonney Lake and Sumner Police Departments and Washington State Liquor Control Board officers, the Task Force will also conduct its Home Safe Bar program on Jan. 25 to remind bar personnel of their responsibility to reduce the number of drivers that leave their establishments impaired. Bars turning out drivers who are subsequently arrested for DUI on Saturday night will be visited by the bar team, now in its third year of operation.

Repeat offenders like Southard are more likely to be treated for alcohol abuse and held more accountable under tougher state laws enacted in 2013, and traffic safety advocates continue to lobby for even stricter laws for repeat offenders. But these efforts bring little solace to the Slick family. “Gary was the person you always wanted on your team,” said Slick’s sister Kathi DePiro, “and he’s not here anymore.”


Media are invited to cover the Victim Panel-sponsored sign unveiling on Friday, interview family members and/or ride along with law enforcement or the Bar Team on Saturday night.

Gloria Mansfield Averill, Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, Pierce County Community Connections (253) 222-9088

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in All News

2021 Tax Title Property Auction

Posted on: November 16, 2021

Fantasy Lights tickets go on sale Nov. 1

Posted on: October 27, 2021

General Election at a glance

Posted on: October 14, 2021

Apply for a historic preservation grant

Posted on: September 3, 2021

Primary Election at a glance

Posted on: July 15, 2021

Huge Creek receives new culvert

Posted on: June 21, 2021
medicaid pierceADRC

Learn the basics of Medicaid

Posted on: May 3, 2021

Tools and techniques to avoid scams

Posted on: February 17, 2021
talking with your doctor

Get the most out of your doctor visit

Posted on: January 29, 2021

Help shape the future of Orangegate Park

Posted on: December 15, 2020

Apply for a historic preservation grant

Posted on: November 24, 2020

Fantasy Lights opens Nov. 21

Posted on: November 17, 2020

Spread love, not the flu this year

Posted on: October 22, 2020
MAC and TSOA training

New supports for caregivers at home

Posted on: October 9, 2020

Haunted Headlights tickets now on sale

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Pierce County property taxes due by Nov. 2

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Funny film explores outsourcing retirement

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Thornewood Castle to host Council meeting

Posted on: November 27, 2019

District Court early closure, Sept. 16

Posted on: September 7, 2016
Labor Day

County observes Labor Day, Sept. 5

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Heat advisory notice and options

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Tips for staying safe on 4th of July

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Grandparenting has a new look

Posted on: June 1, 2016

Passing of Robin McKinney

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Jury duty scams on the rise

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Pierce County is looking to lease

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Board of Equalization seeks members

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Video News: Best of the last 10 years

Posted on: January 4, 2016

Video News: Best of 2015

Posted on: December 29, 2015
Treecycle image

Treecycle your Christmas tree

Posted on: December 22, 2015

Emergency Operations Center open

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: December 7, 2015

County observes Veterans Day

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Video News: The Trails of Pierce County

Posted on: October 9, 2015

Free CPR Sunday event at Foss High School

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Parks and Recreation Touch A Truck event

Posted on: September 8, 2015

County observes Labor Day

Posted on: September 4, 2015

Police help seniors to be safe at home

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: July 28, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Referendum qualifies for ballot

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: July 6, 2015

County observes Independence Day

Posted on: July 2, 2015

Excessive heat advisory issued

Posted on: June 25, 2015

County observes Presidents' Day on Feb. 16

Posted on: February 13, 2015

Boundary Review Board seeks applicants

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Road work postponed on 66th Avenue East

Posted on: February 6, 2015

County observes MLK on Jan. 19

Posted on: January 16, 2015

Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Learn how to use Social Security

Posted on: December 30, 2014

Video News: Best of 2014 Special

Posted on: December 29, 2014

Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

Posted on: December 22, 2014

Dementia: Setting the Record Straight

Posted on: November 3, 2014

District Court early closure on Sept. 12

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Your feet may be telling you something

Posted on: August 29, 2014

Video News: Farming Special

Posted on: August 28, 2014

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: July 24, 2014

County offices closed May 26

Posted on: May 26, 2013

Video News: Farming Special

Posted on: April 3, 2014

Pay your property taxes online

Posted on: March 18, 2014

Brookdale Road sewer project resumes

Posted on: March 7, 2014

County offices closed Feb. 17

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: February 7, 2014

County offices closed Jan. 20

Posted on: January 17, 2014