May 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Several charges filed against driver in fatal May 1 car crash in Seattle
A Kent man has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault for a May 1 car crash on Interstate 5 in Seattle that left a 20-year-old woman dead and several others injured.
According to the State Patrol, the woman who died was among seven young adults crammed into a 1992 Cadillac El Dorado driven by Aneet Chandra, 24.
Prosecutors say Chandra was speeding and weaving around traffic when he lost control of the Cadillac near the West Seattle exit around 11:30 p.m. The car went over the crash attenuator — which is designed to buffer crashes — and slammed into the concrete barrier along the highway’s shoulder, according to the State Patrol.
The State Patrol says four women and three men, ranging in age from 18 to 24, were inside the vehicle. Killed was Asha Salim, who the State Patrol said was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the back seat of the car.
Chandra, who was also charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, is in being held in the King County Jail, in lieu of $1 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.
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