Woman, 71, pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide in death of motorcyclist

Staff writerOctober 21, 2013 

An elderly woman pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide Monday, related to a May 25 crash that killed a motorcyclist in Gig Harbor.

Molly Burrell Lee, 71, allegedly drove her car into oncoming traffic and hit a motorcyclist in the 2800 block of East Bay Drive.

The driver of the bike, 69-year-old Alex Heinz of Tacoma, died in the wreck.

Lee was released on her own recognizance pending trial.

According to court records:

Prior to the crash, Lee's doctor had told her not to drive after she suffered wrist and traumatic brain injuries from falls; She's prohibited from driving pending trial, unless cleared to do so by her doctor.

Evidence at the scene showed Lee did not slow down before hitting Heinz.

Sheriff's deputies said she paused extensively between answers to their questions, but that they did not believe she was drunk.

At the hospital, Lee didn't seem to understand what had happened or where she was.

She told deputies she was headed to her doctor's office to get an allergy shot at the time of the accident.

The crash happened on a holiday weekend, deputies noted, when no doctor's office likely would be open.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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