A 20-year-old man who was drinking, driving and showing off when he caused an accident in Auburn that killed a woman and injured three other people will spend more than six years...
A 20-year-old man who was drinking, driving and showing off when he caused an accident in Auburn that killed a woman and injured three other people will spend more than six years behind bars.
David Lee Parker, who pleaded guilty last month to vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault and to taking a motor vehicle without permission was given a sentence at the high end of the standard range by Superior Court Judge Paris Kallas yesterday.
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“He made an extraordinarily selfish decision that had catastrophic consequences,” said Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim. “Seventy-five months is a small, small price for this defendant to pay for orphaning a child.”
Kathleen Soriano, a single mother of a 13-year-old girl, was killed Aug. 30 when the van she was riding in was struck by a vehicle driven by Parker.
Witnesses said Parker had been at a party where he drank and used methamphetamine before getting into a stolen car.
He was speeding, prosecutors said in charging papers, when he ran a light and hit the van at an intersection in Auburn.
Two other women in the van were seriously injured, as was the passenger in the vehicle Parker was driving.
At the time of the accident, Parker had a blood-alcohol level of 0.09 percent, just over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Police arrested Parker at his mother’s home where a relative was loading eight duffel bags filled with Parker’s belongings into a truck.
Mary Anderson, the driver of the van, spoke in court about the injuries she sustained and the grief she felt about losing her friend. Her husband, Duncan Anderson, spoke, too.
“I hope the time he spends locked up, he takes advantage of it and gets some education and sometime down the road can prove he’s a good person.”
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or email@example.com