A Snohomish man has pleaded guilty in a fatal alcohol-related crash last summer in Kirkland.
A Snohomish man charged in the fatal alcohol-related crash in Kirkland last summer that killed Steven Lacey, a father and Google employee, has pleaded guilty.
Patrick Rexroat pleaded guilty on Thursday to vehicular homicide and reckless driving, according to King County prosecutors.
He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced March 9; prosecutors said they will recommend the high end of the sentencing range.
After slamming his sport-utility vehicle into Lacey’s car July 24, Rexroat got out of his vehicle and “pounded on his chest like a gorilla,” according to a witness to the fatal crash.
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In charging Rexroat, Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Miller cited Rexroat’s “flagrant disregard for the value of human life, coupled with clear indications of impairment” as reasons why he should be booked again into jail.
A State Patrol lab test found that Rexroat had a blood-alcohol level of 0.29 percent, or more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, after the crash, authorities said. An initial test indicated that the level was four times the legal limit.
Troopers said Rexroat may have been chasing another car southbound on Interstate 405 in a possible case of road rage when his SUV careened off an exit ramp at Northeast 85th Street, crossing the centerline of Northeast 85th and colliding with the BMW driven by Lacey.
Witness Patricia Kaiser said in an interview with The Times after the crash that she was just feet from the two cars when she saw Rexroat’s SUV fly around a corner and slam into Lacey’s BMW.
“I ran over to the BMW first because it was completely totaled,” Kaiser said. “I took [the driver’s] pulse, and he was dead.”
Minutes later, Rexroat climbed from his vehicle and started wandering around, picking up parts of his SUV from the ground, she said.
“Eventually he came toward me. I told him, ‘Don’t come toward me,’ ” Kaiser said. “He just started pounding his chest like a gorilla. I was so upset. I knew the minute he got out of the car he was drunk. You could tell.”
The accident and others like it have led to efforts to increase penalties for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or email@example.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.