Topic: vehicular homicide
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December 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM
A 19-year-old man admits he was texting and speeding when he hit a woman with his pickup near North Bend on Jan. 1 and then fled, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Cody J. Eads pleaded guilty on Thursday to vehicular homicide (disregard for the safety of others) in connection with the death of a Lucinda Pieczatkowski, 57, of North Bend. Eads faces a sentence range of 15 to 20 months in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17.
Pieczatkowski was walking along Stone Quarry Road around 2 a.m. New Year’s morning when she was hit by a truck and killed. Parts found at the scene indicated the vehicle that struck her was either a Ford F-150 pickup or a Ford Bronco.
The Eads’ family attorney contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office the next day and informed them that the pickup involved in the crash, an F-150, was at the Eads’ residence. Detectives impounded the pickup, which had damage consistent with striking a pedestrian, the sheriff’s office said.
It took detectives several months to collect enough evidence to determine who was behind the wheel, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West told Times news partner KING-TV. Eads was charged in August.
“I’ve got to tell you, we did not have a whole lot of cooperation on this case. There were a lot of people who supposedly knew who the driver was and what happened, but they were reluctant to come forward and tell us,” West told KING-TV.
November 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM
A Kirkland woman who was under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car occupied by four people, killing an elderly woman, was sentenced this afternoon to nearly 11 years in prison.
Kelly Ann Hudson, 43, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in September. In her plea deal, she admitted she had been drinking and had taken medication before the Aug. 7, 2012, crash that killed Joyce Parsons, 81.
“I don’t even know how to say I’m sorry enough,” a tearful Hudson said in King County Superior Court before she was sentenced to 130 months in prison.
Kirkland police say Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the center line just before 9 p.m. and collided with a northbound car. Just before the crash, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s van, concerned that the driver was impaired, police said.
The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.
Parsons was killed and the three other occupants of the car, Arthur Kamm, Jenny Grieshaber and Daniel J. Grieshaber, were critically injured, police and prosecutors said. During today’s sentencing hearing, a video tribute to Parsons was played in the courtroom.
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.
November 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM
An unemployed electrician who killed an Indiana couple and severely injured their daughter-in-law and her newborn son in an auto-pedestrian accident in March has been sentenced to 18 1/2 years in prison.
The family members were out for an afternoon walk in the Wedgwood neighborhood on March 25 when an intoxicated Mark W. Mullan drove into them in a pickup truck as they crossed Northeast 75th Street.
Killed were Judy Schulte, 68, and Dennis Schulte, 66. Their daughter-in-law Karina Ulriksen-Schulte and grandson Elias were critically injured.
They were just 500 feet from Dan and Karina Schulte’s home.
Mullan failed field sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent, shortly after the crash.
At the time, he was under the supervision of Seattle Municipal Court because of a previous drunken-driving arrest. He had defied a court order by failing to install an interlock device on his pickup.
Elias, born just 10 days earlier, suffered skull fractures and a brain injury, and underwent emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and intestines, charging papers say. Ulriksen-Schulte suffered a crushed pelvis and later developed blood clots that caused a stroke and led to brain damage.
Karina and Elias spent months in a hospital. The baby has vision problems and will require additional surgery, according to charging papers and the family.
On Oct. 3, Mullan pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide involving alcohol, two counts of vehicular assault involving alcohol, and violating the state’s ignition-interlock law.
November 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM
The Associated Press
The Washington State Patrol says the second of twin girls involved in a highway crash on Oct. 31 near Anacortes has died.
The patrol says 17-year-old Janesah Goheen died Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was taken for treatment after a two-car collision on State Highway 20.
Her sister, Janeah Goheen, died at the scene. An 18-year-old friend, Alysha Pickler, was also injured in the crash.
The driver of the other vehicle, Ira Blackstock, is being held in Skagit County Jail.
The Skagit Valley Herald says Blackstock has already been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. Troopers suspect he was impaired.
October 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM
The Associated Press
CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — State police say that two men killed in a hit-and-run in Southern Oregon were fighting in the road when they were struck by a pickup.
Authorities identified the victims Wednesday as 21-year-old Jarred Quinn Houston and 41-year-old Robert Calvin, both of Cave Junction.
Troopers say Calvin was walking with a woman along U.S. Highway 199 south of Cave Junction in the dark at around midnight Tuesday, when Houston pulled over, possibly due to a mechanical problem. The two men started arguing and were fighting in the southbound lane when they were hit by a compact pickup that never stopped.
The vehicle was described as a light-colored — possibly beige or tan - 1980s Toyota pickup with a matching canopy and damage to the front end.
October 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM
A Seattle man entered an Alford plea this morning to one count of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault for a fatal crash that killed two people on Lake City Way Northeast in November 2011.
In an Alford plea, a defendant concedes there is sufficient evidence to support a conviction, but they are not directly acknowledging guilt.
Daniel Ray Habeeb was also found not guilty by reason of insanity for the second death in the crash.
He was then sentenced to 48 months in prison for vehicular homicide and 17 months for vehicular assault. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Habeeb was driving his Ford Explorer with two passengers — his 10-year-old daughter and the girl’s 11-year-old friend — on Nov. 13, 2011, when he struck a Hyundai driven by Kristopher Martin, 33, on Lake City Way Northeast, authorities said. The Hyundai burst into flames and Martin and his girlfriend, Laura Sheard, 26, died at the scene.
Habeeb was driving his daughter and her friend to his condominium when they became worried because he was driving so fast, according to the charges. The older girl told police that Habeeb appeared “stiff,” like he was bracing for a crash, charges said.
Authorities said that Habeeb was driving between 70 and 90 mph just before the crash.
Habeeb had earlier been convicted causing a Jan. 30, 2009, fatal car crash while suffering a previously undiagnosed psychotic episode. Prosecutors said he had stopped taking his medications before he the November 2011 crash.
In the earlier crash, Habeeb struck another car near Interbay, killing the driver, Susan Peek, 65. After that crash Habeeb entered psychiatric treatment and told therapists that “voices told him to speed,” prosecutors said.
In court this morning, a defense attorney said Habeeb suffers from temporal lobe epilepsy and not psychosis.
October 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM
A man who was on probation for a DUI conviction in March when his pickup struck four people in a Wedgwood crosswalk, killing two, pleaded guilty this morning to multiple charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide/DUI.
Mark W. Mullan, 51, also pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular assault/DUI and violating the state’s interlock law. He teared up as he faced a judge in King County Superior Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15. He faces about 18 years in prison.
A pickup driven by Mullan crashed into the Schulte family in a Wedgwood crosswalk March 25, while they were out for a walk. Dennis and Judy Schulte were struck, along with their daughter-in-law, Karina Ulriksen Schulte, and her infant son, Elias.
Dennis and Judy Schulte were killed, and Ulriksen Schulte and her son were badly injured.
Mullan smelled of alcohol, failed field sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to Seattle police.
Mullan was on probation after a DUI conviction, under the supervision of the Seattle Municipal Court Probation Department. He had a suspended license and wasn’t supposed to be driving without an interlock device.
The victims’ family has filed $45 million in claims against the city of Seattle for failing to supervise Mullan. Filing a claim is the first step toward suing the city for damages, if the family doesn’t settle a claim with the city outside of court.
According to the claims, filed in August, “The city of Seattle failed to properly monitor and supervise Mr. Mullan, and as a result, he was allowed to violate the terms of his probation, go untreated and drive his vehicle without an interlock device while intoxicated.”
The claims include damages for physical, mental and emotional injuries, plus medical expenses and wage losses for Ulriksen Schulte and her son, the estates of Dennis and Judy Schulte, Ulriksen Schulte’s husband, Dan Schulte, and his sister, Marilyn Schulte.
After this morning’s sentencing hearing, Dan Schulte said the past 6 1/2 months have been a “roller coaster” fror his family. He said he was relieved by plea deal. He said his wife is in a rehabilitation facility and will soon come home.
“She has a long road ahead,” he said.
His son, Elias, has been home for some time.
September 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM
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.
September 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM
The Woodinville man accused of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 405 after using drugs and racing at speeds up to 150 mph pleaded not guilty this morning during his arraignment in King County Superior Court.
Samuel C. Sampson is charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in connection with the Sept. 12 crash in Bellevue that killed a 22-year-old man. Sampson, 27, remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
In the statement of probable cause that outlines the state’s case, prosecutors say Sampson was driving his wife’s Audi RS4 on I-405 around 10 p.m. Thursday when he struck Riley Beckford’s BMW, which burst into flames.
King County prosecutors said Sampson told police after the collision that he had been “bored, I guess,” when he was racing, swerving and “going really fast” on the freeway. He said he had used methamphetamines, heroin and methadone in the days and hours leading up to the fatal crash, according to the probable-cause statement.
A spokeswoman for the family of Sampson’s wife, who did not want to be named, said that the couple had gotten into a fight at their Woodinville condo earlier that day and that Sampson tore up the condo and tried to choke his wife.
Sampson allegedly told his wife he was taking her car and she ran out and got in the car to stop him, the family spokeswoman said. She said the fight continued in the car and Sampson attempted to push her out of the car onto the interstate.
Court documents say the wife told police that Sampson made her unbuckle her seat belt before the collision.
Sampson’s wife and a passenger in one of two other vehicles that were involved in the collision suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Sampson moved here from New York in May.
September 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM
A Woodinville man who reportedly told authorities he was high on methamphetamine and heroin when he crashed into a 22-year-old Federal Way man’s car on Interstate 405 last week, killing him, has been charged in King County Superior Court.
Samuel C. Sampson was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving. Sampson, 27, remains at the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. If convicted, he faces nearly 11 years in prison.
According to charges: Sampson was weaving through traffic in his wife’s Audi RS4, hitting speeds nearing 120 mph that night. A relative of Sampson’s wife told The Times that the couple had been arguing and that she forced her way into the car to go with him. Sampson told the State Patrol that he had unbuckled his wife’s seatbelt while he was driving.
Sampson plowed into the back of Ian Beckford’s car, causing the BMW to catch on fire. Authorities said Beckford died while trapped inside.
Two other vehicles were struck in the chaos. None of the occupants was seriously hurt, authorities said.
Beckford was driving home from a day of swimming, water-skiing and enjoying the sunshine at Lake Sammamish when he was killed.
Sampson told investigators that he had injected methamphetamine for the first time before the crash and had also used heroin, charges said. Toxicology test results have not been released.
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