Sumner man pleads not guilty in fatal Canyon Road crash

Staff writerJune 2, 2014 

A 25-year-old Sumner man charged with causing a wreck earlier this year that killed a Puyallup woman on her birthday pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Pierce County Court Commissioner Meagan Foley released Stephen Killmer on electronic home monitoring following his arraignment in Superior Court. Foley also ordered Killmer to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle while he awaits trial.

Prosecutors contend Killmer was driving drunk on Jan. 26 when he allegedly ran a red light at Canyon Road East and state Route 512 and broadsided a car carrying Donna Akridge and her husband.

Akridge, 59, died at the scene. Her husband was injured.

Sheriff's deputies think Killmer's Jeep Cherokee was traveling 72 to 84 mph at the time of the collision, court records show.

Blood tests showed Killmer's blood-alcohol level was .24 at the time of the wreck. The legal limit is .08. Traces of marijuana also were found in his blood, court records show.

Killmer was released following the crash but later summoned to court to answer the charges. 

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