Samuel Jordan Cruz of Bonney Lake pleaded not guilty today to the vehicular homicide of an elementary school teacher in Auburn last month.
Cruz was initially charged with vehicular assault, but prosecutors amended that when the teacher, Stacy Ankerfelt, died from her injuries last week.
Cruz, 25, was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol July 19 when his car hit Ankerfelt as she was standing by her car near her Auburn home, according to charging papers.
He told police that he was taking the drug suboxone for withdrawal symptoms from his opiate dependency, the papers show.
Ankerfelt was a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Scenic Hill Elementary in Kent.
Bail was increased to $250,000 today. Cruz remains in custody.
He has a pretrial hearing set for Sept. 11.