• Man killed by suspected DUI driver in Bothell leaves behind two little boys

    By: Joanna Small

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    An Auburn man is dead and a Kirkland man behind bars after a terrible crash that police say involved both racing and intoxication.

    It happened last Wednesday night in the southbound lanes of I-405 near Bothell.

    On Thursday, a Snohomish County judge ordered 42-year-old Jaawan Woodruff held on $100,000 bail after Woodruff's defense attorney argued for something far lower.

    "I just want to point out to the court that someone died," the prosecutor said in court.

    That someone was 30-year-old Kevin Vaughn.

    "I took the day off because it's just too hard. It's just too hard to get through, and I just wanted to show up," his younger brother, Jeremy Douglas, told us outside the courtroom.

    Douglas is still trying to wrap his mind around the loss. 
    Washington State troopers say Vaughn -- on his motorcycle -- and Woodruff -- in his vehicle -- were likely racing when they crashed.

    At the scene, troopers determined Woodruff was under the influence. If convicted, this would be his second DUI in three years, and last year, he was cited for failure to use an ignition interlock device.

    Douglas says Vaughn had a past, too, but he was recently released from prison and clean and sober.

    "He had kids now, and he wanted to move forward and grow up and learn how to be more of a man, and he was doing that, he was getting there, (but) it got taken away from him," Douglas explained.

    He says Vaughn's two little boys were his whole world. "He loves those kids, takes good care of them."

    Now, Douglas says Vaughn's family will never get to see the kind of father he would have become.

    "I'm very proud of him, very proud of my brother and I hate to see him go," Douglas concluded.
     


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