TACOMA, WA – Today Jason Raynaldo Tamayo, 45, was sentenced to eight years in prison for hitting and killing Mark Nigh, 56, with his vehicle in downtown Tacoma last year. In March, Tamayo pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The courtroom was filled with emotional family members, including Nigh’s mother, brother and son, who addressed the Court.
“This is another horrible illustration of why drugs and driving don’t mix,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Mr. Nigh was well known and well liked in the community.”
On May 23, 2014, Nigh and his adult son were delivering glass to an apartment building near Commerce and South Seventh Streets. As Nigh was loading his tools into the back of his work truck, Tamayo’s jeep slammed into him, pinning Nigh and severing his legs. He was transported to the hospital, but died two days later. Witnesses said Tamayo was speeding, ran a stop sign and swerved into oncoming lanes to pass two cars immediately prior to striking Nigh.
Tamayo was also transported to the hospital for treatment. When paramedics removed his socks, they found a small plastic bag of methamphetamine stuck to his leg. Tamayo denied knowing what the substance was. He had an elevated blood pressure and pulse, his pupils were dilated in normal room lighting, and he had a difficult time concentrating and answering simple questions. Officers determined Tamayo was impaired by drugs.
After the judge sentenced Tamayo to the maximum prison term, she reminded him that Nigh’s son watched him die. She told Tamayo that there comes a point in life when he has to take responsibility for his actions.
Communications and Public Information Coordinator
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office