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November 4, 2014 at 11:14 AM

11-year sentence for DUI driver in fatal Burien crash

A Tukwila man has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for driving impaired when he caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a Marysville woman last December, the prosecutor’s office said.

Christopher Wittman, 25, pleaded guilty last month in King County Superior Court to vehicular homicide (DUI), vehicular assault (DUI) and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced on Friday, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The Washington State Patrol said Barbara Eakin and her husband, Clay Eakin, were driving to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on southbound 509 shortly before 5 a.m. Dec. 17 when Wittman, who was driving a vehicle on a side road above the freeway, lost control of his Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu rolled down an embankment and landed in the southbound lanes of 509, where it struck the Eakins’ Mazda hatchback.

Barbara Eakin, 54, of Marysville, died from her injuries.

Wittman was impaired by a combination of alcohol and marijuana and was using a cell phone, prosecutors say.

Wittman ran away from the crash but was tracked down and arrested by sheriff’s deputies, the State Patrol said.

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