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January 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

8 1/2-year sentence for Auburn vehicular homicide

A Bonney Lake man who struck and killed a fifth-grade teacher in front of her Auburn home last summer was sentenced today to 8 1/2 years in prison.

Samuel J. Cruz, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this month to vehicular homicide for killing Stacy Ankerfelt, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Ankerfelt, 28-year-old teacher at Kent’s Scenic Hill Elementary, was standing next to her car when she was struck at 5:43 p.m. on July 19. Ankerfelt suffered massive internal injuries and broken bones after being dragged and thrown by Cruz’s SUV.

She died at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center a month later.

Cruz told police that he had taken Suboxone, a prescription drug, before the crash. He said that he was taking the drug for his Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms.

According to Auburn police, Suboxone “is similar to opioids such as morphine, codeine and heroin,” court charges said.

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