A 24-year-old Tukwila man was charged today with vehicular homicide after one of the victims of a Dec. 17 collision died, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Christopher Wittman was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed his car through a fence and over an embankment onto state Highway 509 in Burien and collided with a couple’s car, prosecutors say. One of the victims, Barbara Eakin, 54, of Marysville, died from her injuries last week.
The Washington State Patrol said Eakin and her husband, Clay Eakin, were headed to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on southbound 509 shortly before 5 a.m. when Wittman, who was driving a vehicle on a side road, above the freeway, lost control of his Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu rolled down the embankment and landed in the southbound lanes of 509, where it collided with the Eakins’ Mazda hatchback.
The Mazda was then struck by three additional vehicles, according to the State Patrol.
Wittman fled on foot but was tracked down and arrested by sheriff’s deputies, the State Patrol said.
In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, an additional charge of vehicular assault was filed today for injuries sustained by the driver of a vehicle that collided with Wittman’s disabled car, prosecutors said. Wittman was arraigned on the amended information today and pleaded not guilty.
Wittman remains in King County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.