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The Today File

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September 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Bail reduced for driver in fatal Kirkland crash

Despite the objections of the victim’s family and prosecutors, a King County judge today reduced the bail of a woman charged in connection with a fatal traffic accident last month in Kirkland from $500,000 to $250,000.

Kelly Ann Hudson is charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. If Hudson posts bail, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says she cannot drive, will be required to wear an alcohol detection bracelet, must submit to weekly urinalysis and cannot consume alcohol or use non-prescribed drugs.

Hudson, 42,  is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car, killing an 81-year-old woman and injuring three other people.

Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the centerline just before 9 p.m. Aug. 7 and collided with the  northbound vehicle, according to police.

Moments before the collision, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s vehicle, police said. The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.

Hudson’s next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.

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