Superior Court

Man pleads guilty in Spanaway wreck that killed one, left others impaled

Staff writerSeptember 4, 2013 

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in a 2012 crash that killed one woman and left others impaled on fence posts in Spanaway.

Joshua R. White faces a prison term of between nine and 12 years when he's sentenced Sept. 27 in Pierce County Superior Court. Judge John McCarthy allowed White to remain at large on electronic home monitoring until then.

White admitted he was at the wheel of a Chevrolet pickup that went out of control Aug. 31 and crashed in the 20300 block of 22nd Avenue East. He wrote in court papers that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Breath tests showed his blood-alcohol level at .13 percent, well above the legal limit of .08 percent.

The pickup rolled several times and crashed into a 4-foot-high chain-link fence before bursting into flames, court records show.

Amanda Halvorson, a passenger in the truck, died when the vehicle rolled on top of her. She was 23 and left behind a son, now 4.

At least three other passengers were impaled on fence posts and suffered serious injuries, the records show.

Halvorson and some friends had been at a party nearby when they decided to leave with White, who drove off at a high rate of speed despite requests to slow down, court records show.

Investigators estimated the pickup was going at least 70 mph when it hit the fence and a large cedar tree.




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