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UPDATED: Woman pleads not guilty to murder, other charges in Milton crash

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 5, 2010 at 8:31 am |
October 5, 2010 2:05 pm

A woman accused of killing another driver and seriously injuring his passenger while fleeing Federal Way police in July pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection with the crash this afternoon.

Pierce County prosecutors previously charged Virginia C. Ramsey, a 36-year-old Auburn resident, with second-degree murder, vehicular assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a legend drug and third-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license in the July 26 crash.

Ramsey, who was seriously injured in the crash, was in a wheelchair during her court hearing this afternoon.

In recent weeks, she’s been held on a probation violation at the Washington Corrections Center for Women near Purdy, which has the medical facility to care for Ramsey’s injuries. Ramsey’s time on the probation violation ends Thursday. She’ll then be held at the prison in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Prosecutors allege Ramsey was trying to flee a Federal Way police officer who was trying to pull her over on suspicion of drunken driving. She ran a red light at Pacific Highway South and Porter Way and hit a white Volkswagen.

Douglas W. Simmons III, a 40-year-old Fife resident, was driving the Volkswagen and was killed. His passenger, 42-year-old Holly Mattson, was seriously injured and continues to recover from her injuries.

Mattson attended Ramsey’s arraignment this afternoon.

News Tribune courts reporter Adam Lynn attended the hearing and will provide a more complete story for Wednesday’s News Tribune.

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