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September 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide for fatal Kirkland crash

A 43-year-old woman pleaded guilty today to charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving for a collision that resulted in the death of an 81-year-old woman in Kirkland on Aug. 7, 2012.

Kelly Ann Hudson was under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car occupied by four people, killing passenger Joyce Parsons.

The sentence range is 8 1/2 years to just over 11 years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend the higher end of the sentence range when Hudson is sentenced on Nov. 22.

Kirkland police say Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the centerline just before 9 p.m. and collided with the northbound minivan. Just before the crash, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s vehicle, concerned that the driver was impaired, police said.

The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.

Hudson was the second person to be charged in King County since increased sentence ranges for vehicular homicide (DUI) went into effect in June 2012. Under the new law, the standard range sentence increased from 31-41 months to 78-102 months, making it equal to the range for first-degree manslaughter.

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