Gig Harbor woman, 71, charged with vehicular homicide

Staff writerOctober 2, 2013 

A 71-year-old woman has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist May 25 near Gig Harbor.

Pierce County prosecutors said Molly Burrell Lee was issued a summons to appear in court Oct. 15 for arraignment.

The collision happened in the 2800 block of East Bay Drive Northwest when Lee allegedly drove her car into oncoming traffic and hit a motorcyclist head-on. Alex Heinz, 69, of Tacoma, was killed.

Lee’s doctor ordered her not to drive after she suffered falls that hurt her wrist and caused traumatic brain injury, according to charging papers.

Sheriff’s deputies did not believe Lee was drunk but noted in their reports that she paused extensively between answers to their questions and gave the wrong date of her birth. She was taken to a hospital and did not seem to understand where she was or what had happened, court records show.

Evidence at the scene showed Lee did not slow down before hitting Heinz, and her car struck a tree after hitting the motorcycle, according to the documents.

Lee told deputies she was on her way to her doctor’s office to get an allergy shot when the accident happened. Deputies noted that the crash happened on a holiday weekend when no doctor’s office likely was open.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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