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August 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Vehicular homicide charge filed in fatal Kirkland crash

A woman arrested after last Tuesday’s fatal crash in Kirkland is scheduled to be arraigned on several criminal charges next week, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Kelly Ann Hudson, 42, was charged Friday with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault. Hudson is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car containing four people, the Prosecutor’s Office said. An 81-year-old woman was killed in the collision.

Kirkland police say Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the centerline just before 9 p.m. and collided with a northbound vehicle. Just before the crash, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s vehicle, concerned that the driver was impaired, police said. The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.

Hudson’s arraignment is set for Aug. 23 at the King County Courthouse. If convicted on all charges, she faces a sentence range of 146 to 194 months in prison.

Hudson is the second person to be charged in King County since increased sentence ranges for vehicular homicide (DUI) went into effect in June. Under the new law, the standard range sentence increased from 31-41 months to 78-102 months, making it equal to the range for first-degree manslaughter.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg had sought the increased penalty.

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