Snohomish County prosecutors charged a 17-year-old Edmonds boy as an adult yesterday for an assault earlier this week that left a 64-year-old man unconscious. Corby John Ross is...

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Snohomish County prosecutors charged a 17-year-old Edmonds boy as an adult yesterday for an assault earlier this week that left a 64-year-old man unconscious.

Corby John Ross is accused of beating Richard Alseth after Alseth pulled out of a driveway, forcing Ross to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision.

Alseth, who worked for the Edmonds School District for 30 years before retiring as an assistant principal in 1999, remained in serious condition yesterday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He suffered severe head and facial injuries, and family members urged others to pray for his recovery.

Ross, who was in a juvenile-court diversion program for a fourth-degree assault, was charged yesterday in Snohomish County District Court with first-degree assault. The charge means he will face prosecution as an adult, said Mark Roe, chief criminal deputy prosecutor for Snohomish County.

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Alseth was backing out of his sister-in-law’s driveway in the 9500 block of 224th Street Southwest in Edmonds on Monday night when he inadvertently pulled in front of a blue Jeep Cherokee, witnesses told Edmonds police. Ross reportedly came within inches of hitting Alseth’s gold Cadillac.

Ross began yelling at Alseth, and when the two got out of their cars, Ross grabbed Alseth’s arms and punched him several times, knocking Alseth to the ground, according to court documents. Alseth reportedly tried to block the blows and hit back, but the 17-year-old allegedly grabbed his neck and kneed him in the face.

After Edmonds police appealed to the public for leads, a young woman led detectives to the Edmonds teen and two fellow passengers that witnessed the incident. As police were interviewing the two passengers, Ross’ father called to talk with detectives investigating the assault. Detectives then arrested the 17-year-old and searched his home Tuesday night.

He was booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett, where he is being held on $150,000 bail.

Rosario Daza: 425-783-0604 or rdaza@seattletimes.com