A 22-year-old Toledo, Wash., man has been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for allegedly causing a fatal car crash outside Roy last year while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Joshua Brake has been summoned to Pierce County Superior Court on Feb. 4 for arraignment. Court records listed no attorney for him Thursday.
Prosecutors allege in charging documents that Brake was at the wheel of a two-door Honda Civic that crashed about 3:45 a.m. June 9 on state Route 507 between Yelm and Roy.
A passenger in the car, 26-year-old Beau Dawson of Seattle, suffered extensive head injuries and died later that day. Another passenger, an Olympia man, suffered a brain injury and continues to suffer short-term memory loss, court records show. Brake also was hurt in the crash.
Firefighters had to use special tools to cut the men out the car, the records show.
A witness told Washington State Patrol troopers he saw the Honda traveling at high speed on state Route 507 before it spun out of control, left the road and slammed into a tree.
“I have never seen a car on a road go that fast,” the man told troopers. “I would guess 90s, maybe faster.”
Investigation revealed the Honda was heading north when it crossed a railroad crossing, which sent the car into a broadside slide. It then spun off the road and into the tree.
Brake and his passengers were headed to Seattle at the time after attending a party in the Yelm area, court records show.
Troopers wrote in a report that “it appeared all the occupants had been drinking and that there were several unopened beers on the back floorboard of the vehicle.”
Authorities took a sample of Brake’s blood at the hospital. Testing at the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory showed a blood alcohol level of 0.087, court records show. The legal limit in Washington is 0.08.Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644