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Tests show Auburn driver in fatal Federal Way crash was drunk

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Dec. 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm with 5 Comments »
December 30, 2010 6:29 pm

A 35-year-old Auburn man had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when he ran a red light in Federal Way, crashing his Chevrolet Suburban into a car and killing its driver, according to court documents released today.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Emmanuel Franco, 21. His last known address was in Federal Way, police said.

Bail was set at $500,000 today for Lagrant D. Pegram, who’s accused of running the red light early Wednesday at South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South.

Pegram, who was arrested on investigation of vehicular homicide, made his first court appearance today at the Regional Justice Center in Kent and remained in jail there.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has until Monday to file charges against him.

A breath test after the crash showed Pegram had a blood-alcohol content of 0.242, three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to probable cause documents.

Before the breath test, Federal Way police say they determined Pegram was drunk by having him perform field sobriety tests.

Police say Pegram has been arrested 30 times and his convictions include felony vehicular assault in 1993 and driving under the influence in 2007.

Franco, who died at the scene, was driving west through the intersection when the accident took place about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The Suburban was traveling north on Pacific Highway South and hit Franco’s Honda on the driver’s side, police said. South King County Fire & Rescue extricated Franco from his car.

Pegram was not hurt.

Witnesses told police the Suburban drove through the red light, which a check of the traffic camera at the intersection confirmed, police said.

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  1. Anyone killing another Person while driving in a drunken condition has to be guilty of second degree murder!they didn,t plan to kill the inocent victim,but their actions caused the death,just the same.Looking at this criminals past records makes you wonder who his next victim will be when he again will be let loose to commit another atrocity on yet another innocent human being!Our so called justice system seems to be,Protect the criminals and let the victims look out for themselves.

  2. readingthelatest says:

    Agreed sincere. I saw the news clip of this jack@ss while he was in court. His arrogance and lack of concern was evident in his body language and the way he walked out of the room. No respect for the young man’s life he ended.

    30 prior arrests/jailings/convictions….. like we’ve seen so many times before, it was just a matter of time before his criminal actions took a life.

  3. Novelist3 says:

    Why is it that in so many of these crashes the drunk driver manages to survive?

  4. notsurprised says:

    Ya, Pretty bad.. 30 priors tells me that our Courts are just as responsible for this as the idiot who did this.. Driving anywhere at 2:30am can be risky nowdays, but people dont except people to just blow a red light, but it happens.. Ive seen people do this while they were on the Phone also… I think these people on phones are just as bad as being drunk.. Pretty Bad..

  5. steve_allison says:

    how sad for the victim and for ALL of us . This really seems to be one of those situations in which the drunk driver plays by a totally different set of rules than most of us . He certainly has more than one problem and I’m not sure how to stop him but he seems to be the kind of guy that calls for a much stiffer measure of law and jail time than he has gotten in the past . We can’t seem to help him figure it out but we could protect all of us from him better !

    I wonder how much damage he has done in his life and if we might all be a little better off if he was in jail and in treatment instead of driving. prayers for the family of both sides in this and hoping the killer gets a real sentence … this time. The benefit of the doubt has been given many times and he is not listening .

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