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May 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Arraignment postponed in fatal wrong-way crash on 520

UPDATE AT 1:43 P.M.: Robertson’s arraignment has be rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

UPDATE AT 12:04 P.M.: A spokesman for the King County Jail says Robertson had a medical appointment. His arraignment will be rescheduled, likely for later this week.

ORIGINAL POST: The arraignment for a Tacoma man accused of killing a woman in a wrong-way crash on Highway 520 on April 4 was postponed this morning because the defendant has been hospitalized.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Michael Anthony Robertson, 25, was hospitalized, but he did suffer injuries in the crash that killed Morgan Fick Williams.

King County prosecutors say Robertson made a U-turn on Highway 520 moments before his SUV slammed head-on into an oncoming car driven by Williams, 58, who died a few hous later.

When state troopers arrived, Robertson “kept trying to exit the car and ‘go home,’ ” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim wrote in charging documents. Investigators found a near-empty bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky in his front-passenger seat, according to the documents. Robertson’s breath smelled of alcohol, and he had “bloodshot, watery eyes and thick, slurred speech,” the papers say.

Robertson’s blood was drawn at Harborview about 90 minutes after the 5:23 a.m. crash, and prosecutors are awaiting the results of toxicology tests from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, the papers say. Freedheim wrote that test results are expected to show Robertson’s “blood alcohol content was significantly above” the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Williams, mother of two grown children, was on her way to work in Bellevue at Eddie Bauer’s corporate headquarters, where she was the manager of accounts payable.

In December, Robertson was arrested in Tacoma for DUI after he allegedly hit another vehicle and drove away, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

Comments | Topics: DUI, King County Prosecutor's Office, Washington State Patrol

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