DUPONT, WA. (THECOUNT) — Gary Duke and his wife Mary, from Kent, have been identified as the couple killed Tuesday after their SUV careened off a cliff near DuPont on Tuesday.

Duke, 78, was operating a BMW SUV in the 19900 block of Nisqually Road Southwest when he reportedly suffered a medical event.


Duke and his wife, Mary, were able to summons help around 12:25 p.m. utilizing the vehicle’s OnStar system.

Moments later, the system notified BMW that the SUV’s airbags had deployed, reports TheNewsTribune.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and discovered the BMW crash several hundred feet below the road.

The SUV came to a rest after striking a tree.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are looking into the crash, and sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said there were no skid marks or other indications that Duke attempted to slow down before veering off the road.


Geo quick facts: Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle–Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma – Wikipedia.