July 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Driver in fatal wrong-way crash on Hwy. 520 sentenced to 10 years
A man who killed a Seattle woman in a wrong-way crash on Highway 520 on April 4 was sentenced to 10 years in prison this afternoon in King County Superior Court.
Michael Anthony Robertson’s sentence was six months below the maximum term because Judge Bruce Heller said he gave credit to Robertson for pleading guilty and sparing the victim’s family the anguish of a trial. Robertson said he was sorry and wished he’d had a chance to have met Morgan Fick Williams.
Prosecutors said Robertson, 25, of Tacoma, was drunk when his SUV slammed head-on into a car driven by Williams, 58, killing her. Moments earlier, Robertson had made a U-turn on Highway 520 in Seattle.
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.
In December, Robertson was arrested in Tacoma on suspicion of driving under the influence after he allegedly hit another vehicle and drove away, according to a Washington State Patrol report.
Williams, of Seattle, was on her way to work in Bellevue at Eddie Bauer’s corporate headquarters, where she was the manager of accounts payable.
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