SEATTLE — Radalyn King was charged Wednesday with two counts of vehicular homicide after investigators said she intentionally crashed her car while apparently high and plowed into four people who were walking on the sidewalk along Aurora Avenue.
A woman and her brother were killed.
Investigators said they suspect 23-year-old King was high on drugs, possibly meth, when she sped at an estimated 80 mph north on Aurora Avenue last Friday, closing her eyes at one point as she crashed the car near 39th Street.
Charging papers said King then left the crash scene and tried to hide. A Metro rider got off his bus, followed her and, along with other witnesses, identified her to police as the driver who crashed.
Charging papers say one witness told police that King was "bouncing up and down in her seat as she drove by him." Prosecutors said it did not appear King understood or cared that she had plowed into the group of pedestrians.
Rebecca Richman, 28, and her 26-year-old brother, Michael Richman, were killed; their father, Steven Richman, was hospitalized with serious injuries and Rebecca's boyfriend, Andrew Linden, was hurt, according to charging papers, but expected to physically be OK.
A hospital spokesperson said Steven Richman was in satisfactory condition Wednesday night.
A family member told KIRO 7 that Linden and Rebecca Richman had dated for three years, were deeply in love and said the world lost two beautiful souls that day.
In addition to the two counts of vehicular homicide, prosecutors also charged King with vehicular assault, felony hit-and-run and reckless driving.
King's bail was set at $500,000 Wednesday. She's scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 18.
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