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December 6, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Driver charged in Lake City crash that killed 2

Laura Sheard, right, and Kristopher Martin were killed in the Nov. 13 crash.

A Seattle man accused of killing a couple in a crash on Lake City Way last month was charged today with two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault and one count of reckless endangerment.

Daniel Ray Habeeb, 43, was booked into the King County Jail on Nov. 15, after two days of recovery at Harborview Medical Center for injuries he sustained in the wreck. He has been held in connection with an alleged probation violation — he was on probation after pleading guilty to a 2009 fatal crash in Seattle.

On Nov. 13, 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.

Sheard, 26, and Martin, 33, died at the scene.

Authorities believe that Habeeb ran a red light and was driving between 70 and 90 mph — which would constitute a violation of his probation for the 2009 crash.

Tha earlier accident occurred on Jan 30, 2009, when he crashed into Susan Peek’s vehicle near Interbay. The 65-year-old woman was killed.

After doctors declared that Habeeb had suffered a previously undiagnosed psychotic episode during the 2009 crash, a plea agreement was reached, King County prosecutors said.

Habeeb pleaded guilty to reduced charges and in July 2010 he was given a one-year suspended sentence. He avoided jail time as long as he did not commit any new crimes, including any traffic violations, while serving two years of probation.

In filing the new charges today, prosecutors allege that Habeeb was aware of the danger his mental health condition posed, especially while driving, but chose to ignore the safety risks. They also claim he stopped taking medications and failed to inform his doctor when he began to have symptoms.

Habeeb is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He will be arraigned on the new charges on Dec. 20.

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