Man charged in crash that killed Puyallup woman on her birthday

Staff writerMay 20, 2014 

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a suspected drunken driver with a Jan. 26 crash that killed a Puyallup woman on her birthday.

Stephen Killmer, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned June 2 on vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for the accident that killed Donna Akridge, 59, and injured her husband.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Canyon Road East and state Route 512.

Killmer ran a red light and broadsided the Akridge couple’s Infinity as it turned east on SR 512, according to charging papers. He was traveling 72 to 84 miles per hour, sheriff’s deputies said.

The impact sent the Infinity down an embankment.

A passerby helped Killmer out of his Jeep Cherokee and then scrambled down the hill to help Akridge’s husband out of the driver’s seat. Donna Akridge was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her husband suffered multiple fractured ribs.

Killmer’s blood alcohol content was .24, well above the legal limit of .08, court records indicate. He also allegedly tested positive for marijuana after the crash.

Donna Akridge worked at Little Creek Casino, “had unconditional love for the people close to her” and “lived her life to the fullest until the moment it was taken from her,” according to her obituary.

She is survived by her husband and daughter.

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