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The Today File

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November 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Vehicular homicide charges filed in crash that killed 4 in Auburn

The driver of a car that crashed in Auburn last month, killing four passengers, has been charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Auburn police say a car driven by Nicholas W. Anderson, 38, was heading north in the 3700 block of Auburn Way South about 2 a.m. Oct. 25 when it went off the road and hit a utility box. No other vehicles were involved.

Two men and two women were pronounced dead at the scene.

A small injured dog also was found at the scene, but was later euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, according to police.

“I had never seen a car look like that before from an accident,” Auburn police Cmdr. Steve Stocker said after the crash. “It was mangled.”

Stocker said police would have to wait for toxicology reports before knowing whether alcohol or drugs were involved.

Anderson was hospitalized after the crash. He was recently released and arrested Thursday night in Port Angeles, according to the prosecutor’s office. He was booked into jail Friday morning and will be arraigned Dec. 1.

Anderson is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

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