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Prosecutors charge teenager in fatal 2007 Bonney Lake wreck

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on April 9, 2008 at 10:46 am with No Comments »
April 9, 2008 10:46 am

Pierce County prosecutors this week filed charges against an 18-year-old man suspected of causing a collision that left another teenager dead last summer.

Jase M. Sellers is charged with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault in the wreck that killed 19-year-old Timothy Beau Bockmann.

Sellers has been summoned to Superior Court on April 21 to answer the charges.

Bockmann died Aug. 2, 2007, following a two-car collision on the eastern outskirts of Bonney Lake.

Authorities said he was driving a 1991 Honda Accord southbound on 214th Avenue East at around 2:30 a.m. when he was struck broadside by a 1987 Accord that was being driven westbound by Sellers on Highway 410.

There were three passengers in Sellers’ car, which was traveling at speeds of about 70 mph, according to newly filed court records. Two of them were seriously hurt in the wreck.

Tests revealed there was alcohol in Sellers’ blood at the time of the collision, the court records state. He blew a .082 in the field, according to the records. Tests performed on blood drawn from him at the hospital following the crash showed his blood-alcohol level at .07.

The legal limit is .08, but Sellers is underaged and should not have been drinking at all.

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