Driver in crash blamed on international student dies


SEATTLE - A 25-year-old woman who was a victim in a crash caused by an international student has died.


Brenda Gomez was taken off life support a week after the collision. Police said Gomez was driving a car full of teens to a Quinceanera 15th birthday party when Yichun Xu, a student from China, ran a stop sign and slammed Gomez’ car against a rock wall.


Her family wanted to wait as long as possible to take her off of life support, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter David Ham, who has been covering the case.  She passed away Monday afternoon.


Witnesses said Xu was going 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.


The King County Prosecutor’s Office said it will wait for the medical examiner to issue a report, and then consider an amendment to the charges from vehicular assault to vehicular homicide.


Xu is scheudled to be arraigned on No.v 29.