• Judge keeps bail at $2M for international student blamed in fatal crash


    SEATTLE - A judge has denied a lower bail for a Chinese student accused of causing a crash that killed a 25-year-old woman in Des Moines in November.

    Witnesses estimated that Yichun Xu was going 70 mph in a 30 mph zone when he crashed his Mercedes into a car driven by Brenda Gomez. Gomez was critically injured and later died.

    Xu's attorney asked for him to be released on personal recognizance on house arrest, saying there was a local person with whom Xu could stay. The attorney argued that Xu does not have the means to make the bond, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter David Ham, who attended the hearing on Thursday.

    The prosecutor argued that Xu comes from a family with means, and that even $2 million may not be enough to keep Xu in jail, Ham said.

    Gomez's mother spoke to the judge through an interpreter to ask that Xu's bond not be lowered so that this would not happen to another family.

    The judge said that because of the recklessness of the offense and because she believes he's a danger to the community and a flight risk, she would keep his bond at $2 million.

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