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November 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Driver in fatal Lake City crash booked into jail

A Seattle man accused of killing a couple in a car crash on Lake City Way on Sunday was booked into the King County Jail yesterday after spending three days in the hospital.

Daniel Ray Habeeb, 43, is being held without bail for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. In 2009, Habeeb was charged with vehicular homicide after crashing into a vehicle near Interbay, killing a 65-year-old woman. After doctors declared that Habeeb had suffered a previously undiagnosed psychotic episode during the 2009 crash, a plea agreement was reached that included a one-year suspended sentence and two years of probation, prosecutors said.

As part of the plea agreement Habeeb was ordered not to commit any new crimes, including any traffic violations.

Authorities believe Habeeb ran a red light and was driving between 70 and 90 mph on Sunday, which would constitute a violation of his probation.

Habeeb had his young daughter and the girl’s friend in his Ford Explorer when he struck Laura Sheard and Kristopher Martin’s Hyundai on Lake City Way Northeast, authorities said. The Hyundai and the Explorer traveled about 100 yards before the Hyundai burst into flames at about 3:40 p.m.

Sheard, a 26-year-old UW pharmacology student, and her boyfriend, Martin, a 33-year-old musician and video-production specialist at OnlineShoes, died at the scene.

If Habeeb is found guilty of violating his probation, that suspended sentence will be revoked and he will serve 12 months behind bars, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors are working with Seattle police to determine whether Sunday’s crash will result in new criminal charges against Habeeb. Police say that it might take months to complete an investigation into the Lake City wreck.

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