Drunken driver hits funeral director on way home from comforting grieving family

by: Richard Thompson Updated:

LACEY, Wash. - Andrew Kill is a funeral director at Funeral Alternatives in Lacey who was on his way home from comforting a grieving family Sunday night near Lacey when his car was T-boned by a drunken driver, critically

injuring him.  His wife, Michelle Kill, told KIRO-7 her husband is in stable but critical condition at Harborview.

Andrew Kill has head injuries, punctured lungs, seven broken ribs, and is unresponsive, according to his wife.

Washington State Patrol says he was hit by Tyreen Wells. Wells, who has a suspended license, was pulled over by a Thurston County deputy on suspicion of drunken driving.

The deputy ordered Wells out of the vehicle to do a field sobriety test but instead she hit the gas and took off.

"She was tearing down the street recklessly at a high rate of speed and T-boned another vehicle," said Washington State Trooper Guy Gill.

KIRO-7 investigated Wells' criminal history and determined she had two previous DUI convictions in the mid '90s along with four convictions for driving with a suspended license.

Wells is being held on $100,000 bail on suspicion of vehicular assault.

Tina Noelle is Andrew Kill's friend and co-worker, and said they usually have to stay detached to the heartbreak of the families they work with but Monday is very personal. 

"When it is one of your own that gets hurt you can't detach," she said.

Michelle Kill remains at Harborview Medical Center where her husband is in the Intensive Care Unit.

When KIRO-7 asked Michelle Kill what she would like people to know about him, she said, "Andrew is a caring, loving husband and a wonderful father, and this is so senseless."