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April 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Covington woman pleads not guilty in fatal wrong-way crash

A 40-year-old Covington woman who was allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Seattle when she collided with another vehicle, killing her passenger, pleaded not guilty this morning to vehicular homicide (DUI) and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors say Maria Hill was under the influence of alcohol March 21 when she drove the wrong way on a ramp at the Interstate 90 interchange and collided with a pickup. A passenger in her car, Valerie Renae Cartillar, 33, of Seattle, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected through the windshield and killed.

The pickup driver, a 55-year-old Bellevue man, suffered minor injuries

Hill is out of custody after posting $100,000 bond, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. A case-setting hearing is scheduled for April 23.

Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: DUI, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, King County Superior Court

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