The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has amended a charge against a Bonney Lake man from vehicular assault to vehicular homicide after the death of a woman who was injured in a crash last month.
The Prosecutor’s Office says Samuel J. Cruz, 25, was allegedly driving while under the influence of a prescription drug when his car drifted to the side of an Auburn street on July 19 and hit Stacy Ankerfelt as she was standing next to her vehicle outside her home. Ankerfelt was hospitalized in critical condition and died from her injuries on Aug. 19.
Cruz is being held in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Ankerfelt taught fifth- and sixth-graders at Scenic Hill Elementary in Kent, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.