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Tag: King County Superior Court


Bail set at $100,000 for driver in fatal I-5 crash

A Renton man being investigated for vehicular homicide after a fatal three-vehicle crash that shut down southbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way on Sunday was in court today.

King County Superior Court set bail at $100,000 for Stephen Palmer, 21.

Palmer was driving a vehicle involved in a crash that sent a double-tanker truck off the roadway and into the freeway sound wall. The truck caught fire, and the 68-year-old driver, Joseph Bartkowski of Sumner, died in the crash.

Prosecutors have until Nov. 6 to decide whether to charge Palmer, who was arrested Sunday for investigation of vehicular homicide.

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Bonney Lake driver faces vehicular homicide charge after Auburn woman he allegedly hit dies

An Auburn woman in critical condition after being hit by a car last month died Sunday, and the charges against the driver will be raised to vehicular homicide, King County prosecutors said Monday.

Samuel Jordan Cruz , 25, was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when his car hit Stacy Ankerfelt as she was standing by her car outside her Auburn home, according to charging papers. The crash happened about 6 p.m. July 19 near the 100 block of J Street Southeast.

Prosecutors initially charged Cruz with vehicular assault, but will amend that to vehicular homicide within

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