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Man pleads guilty to killing Graham skateboarder

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 15, 2010 at 10:51 am |
June 15, 2010 4:41 pm

A 31-year-old Puyallup man faces between two years, seven months and three years, five months in prison after pleading guilty today to causing a wreck that killed a 14-year-old skateboarder last year.

Darrell Andrew Ross pleaded to one count of vehicular homicide in the Dec. 27 death of Daniel Morse, a Bethel Junior High School student.

Ross is to be sentenced July 15.

Pierce County deputy prosecutor Tim Jones said he would recommend a low-end sentence for Ross because he accepted responsibility for the crime.

“He admitted straight up: I drank, I drove, I crashed, I killed,” Jones said.

Morse was riding his skateboard in the 9700 block of 204th Street East near Graham about 5:30 p.m. when he was hit by Ross’ car.

At the scene, Ross told sheriff’s deputies he had been traveling west on 204th and didn’t see anyone in the road.

Ross took a field sobriety test, and a deputy arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for a blood sample. The state toxicology lab tested the blood, which showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

UPDATE: Daniel’s uncle, Mitchell Blondin, just e-mailed a statement to The News Tribune.

Adam , we all feel the loss of a GREAT young man. Daniel was a handsome young man with a bright future. He was always respectful of others. Daniel had no fear and REALLY enjoyed his 14 years of life. He will always be remembered with love and admiration. ….I wish his death was the last one we have to report was caused by a drunken driver. SADLY his death will not be the last caused by this foolishness. 

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