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February 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM
A Snohomish man charged in the fatal alcohol-related crash in Kirkland last summer that killed Steven Lacey, a father and Google employee, has pleaded guilty.
Patrick Rexroat pleaded guilty today to vehicular homicide and reckless driving, according to King County prosecutors. He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced on March 9; prosecutors said they will recommend the high end of the sentencing range.
After slamming his SUV into Lacey’s car on July 24, Rexroat got out of his vehicle and “pounded on his chest like a gorilla,” according to a witness to the fatal crash.
In charging Rexroat, Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Miller cited Rexroat’s “flagrant disregard for the value of human life, coupled with clear indications of impairment” as reasons why he should be booked again into jail.
A State Patrol lab test found that Rexroat had a blood-alcohol level of 0.29 percent, or more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, after the crash, authorities said. An initial test indicated that the level was four times the legal limit.
Troopers said Rexroat may have been chasing another car southbound on I-405 in a possible case of road rage when his SUV careened off an exit ramp at Northeast 85th Street and he lost control, crossing the center line of Northeast 85th and colliding with the BMW driven by Lacey.
Witness Patricia Kaiser said in an interview with The Times after the crash that she was just feet from the two cars when she saw Rexroat’s SUV fly around a corner and slam into Lacey’s BMW. The two cars briefly went airborne.
“I ran over to the BMW first because it was completely totaled,” Kaiser said. “I took [the driver's] pulse, and he was dead.”
Minutes later, Rexroat climbed from his vehicle and started wandering around, picking up parts of his SUV from the ground, she said.
“Eventually he came toward me. I told him don’t come toward me,” Kaiser said. “He just started pounding his chest like a gorilla. I was so upset. I knew the minute he got out of the car he was drunk. You could tell.”
The accident and others like it have led to efforts to increase penalties for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
January 4, 2012 at 7:02 AM
Weather: OK, it’s January, so don’t be surprised by this: Looks like rain today, followed by a chance of showers Thursday and Friday, then mostly cloudy Friday and Saturday and light rain Sunday. Do you see a pattern here? The details.
Traffic: Second day of tolling on the 520 bridge during a full-on commute. The bridge had light traffic yesterday, which brought more traffic to the I-90 bridge. Buses are more crowded that usual, we’re told. The map and cams.
Santorum and sex columnist: Didn’t take readers long to find the story on The Stranger’s sex columnist and Rick Santorum…
Two people shot overnight: Two people were shot outside a Subway restaurant in Southeast Seattle last night.
Attorney Tony Savage: If you haven’t read the obituary on defense attorney Tony Savage, please do. He was a such a figure in defense law at the King County courthouse that he won’t be forgotten for quite a long time.
Seattle native Gordon Hirabayashi, who refused on principle to be sent to internment camps along with more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II and served time in prison, has died in the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta.
Michelle Nicolosi, executive producer of seattlepi.com and a former assistant managing editor at the P-I, is leaving the website to start an ebook publishing company. She announced the move on her new venture’s website.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
October 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM
The One Bus Away mobile and web app that helps Seattleites catch buses every day is getting a 13-month extension after one of its founders, former UW computer-science graduate student Brian Ferris, left town to work for Google.
From Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom:
Transit agencies and the University of Washington are spending $150,000 to keep the popular One Bus Away online application going 13 more months. [...]
“The goal is to make sure the service survives,” said Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center at UW. He said the service could be taken over by the transit agencies or perhaps replaced by a Google app.
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