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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 with 10 Comments »
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.

Leave a comment Comments → 10
  1. This is a good example of why we need capital punishment.

  2. snideman83 says:

    Throw the book at her. Sounds like a real winner!!!

  3. lakeside404 says:

    Nice, She Murders Someone, she gets injured, And Now She Get Free Medical Care, I wonder How many are in Wa. that Need Medical care and cant afford it

    How Much is She costing Taxpayers because of her Poor Choices ? Been cheaper to have just left her Laying there.

  4. webman888 says:

    Don’t worry about her health care bill…we are going to be paying for this scumbag as she rots in jail for a long time. Cha Ching!

  5. sixpackjoe says:

    You guys have no sense of humanity, revenge and vengeance does not equal justice as so blind MAnder and lakeside404 are.

  6. ArchieMoore says:

    sixpackjoe has had one too many six packs if he can’t see the difference.

  7. sixpackjoe says:

    ArchieMoore I do see the difference, justice is something most people like you and these so called “christians” or “good guys” will never understand. I am proud to stand up above the rest of the lynch mob and know what real justice is. Capital Murder will not bring back your loved ones, enacting vengeful punishment via the law will not stop the hurt for the victims. Once you experience loss like me, you will begin to understand that our so called sense of “justice” in society is really basically an eye for an eye. And you know what happens with that. We all lose… so I choose to fight for real justice… to help one another and give forgiveness to the sinful. You my friend are a sheep like all the others.

  8. ArchieMoore says:

    Sir, if our justice system as “an eye for an eye”, you wouldn’t see our prisons overflowing with career criminals who love to prey on the rest of society. Enacting an eye for an eye would certainly be more effective than a slap on the hand. Until we have “true” justice, criminals, including this woman who chose to run from the law and now an innocent is dead, will run among us with nobody to stop them. Our justice system won’t, and all your praying won’t either.

  9. I just love the Hug-a-Thug mentality as evidenced by sixpack, and all of the rest of the Criminals are People Too crowd !

    People such as yourself distinctly represent what is wrong with this City, this State and with this Country !

    This woman will spend a few more years at a Washington State PrisonyLand Hotel, all expenses paid !

    This garbage needs to be removed from Society, but most Americans are to fat, stupid and lazy to bother !

  10. elmerfudpucker says:

    Lets see, she was running from the police, ran a red light, hit another car, killed someone in that car, and then pleads not guilty of murder??? Did I miss something?

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