Driver accused of being impaired in crash that killed 4 could face charges Wednesday

The wreckage of a truck in a crash that left 4 people dead on SR 518. (KOMO Photo) KENT, Wash. — A 22-year-old Kent man accused of driving the pickup that crashed into guardrail early Sunday, killing four people, could face charges as early as Wednesday.
The man, who KOMO is not naming because he hasn’t been charged, remains at the King County Jail.

A judge on Tuesday found probable cause to hold him for investigation of four counts of vehicular homicide. Friends and family of the man packed the King County Jail courtroom for his hearing. While they declined to talk to the media, some wore sweatshirts emblazoned with photos of the four victims.

The Washington State Patrol identified the victims as: Anthony Gonzalez-Perez, 22; Juan Carrasco-Rodriguez, 18; Luis Desantiago-Perez, 21; and Myron Singh, 22. According to an affidavit of probable cause, the five men were driving on Highway 518, in Tukwila, when the suspect lost control of his mother’s white Nissan pickup. When the truck struck the guardrail, troopers say the driver was ejected onto the roadway.

“Trooper Goodin detected a strong and obvious odor of intoxicants,” the affidavit said.
While detectives said they were able to determine that the survivor was the driver, his lawyer, Kevin Trombold, said in court Tuesday the man’s position in the car and whether he was intoxicated haven’t been proven. “It seems the state has fallen short,” Trombold told King County District Court Judge Gregg Hirakawa.

Troopers, in the affidavit of probable cause, said the suspect was convicted of drunken driving last year. Hirakawa said the suspect told “the medics at Good Samaritan he was the driver at the time of the collision.” The five men were longtime friends and neighbors, one relative told KOMO Tuesday.

Standing feet from candles, flowers and balloons left over for a memorial held at a park in Kent Monday night the relative, who said he’s the older brother of Carrasco-Rodriguez, said it’s a case where there’s no winners.

He said nobody wants the 22-year-old man prosecuted.

He said the five men had been close friends since they were children.

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