May 8 court date set in fatal Des Moines car crash

The Associated PressApril 11, 2013 

A King County prosecutor’s spokesman says a new court date has been set for a Chinese student charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Wednesday was the first day Yichun Xu was due back in front of authorities since his family posted a $2 million bail in early March.

At the time, prosecutors worried Xu presented a flight risk. But King County prosecutor’s spokesman Dan Donohoe said Xu was at a meeting with prosecutors. He’s scheduled back in court May 8.

Prosecutors say Xu drove his newly purchased Mercedes-Benz at freeway speeds through residential Des Moines, running through a stop sign and crashing into the car carrying Brenda Gomez-Zapata and family members.

Meanwhile, the dead woman’s family is negotiating with Xu’s family on a settlement.

The Associated Press

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