The driver in a crash that killed four people in Auburn pleaded not guilty Monday to prosecutors’ accusations that he was driving so fast the car exploded when it crashed.
Nicholas Anderson, 38, faces four counts of vehicular homicide one count of vehicular assault for a fifth person who was hurt in the wreck. Bail was set at $750,000.
The wreck happened Oct. 25 in the 3700 block of Auburn Way South.
According to charging papers, Anderson was driving the five people after they had all been at a tavern. His car left the road and hit a tree and utility boxes, killing two women and two men inside.
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Anderson was driving more than 70 miles per hour, causing the car to “practically explode” when it wrecked, the court records state.
Police suspect he was drunk, though test results are pending.
Killed in the wreck were Andrew Tedford, 31; Caleb Graham, 23; Rehlein Stone, 21; and Suzanne McKay, 29. A dog was euthanized after suffering injuries in the crash.
Prosecutors say Anderson has driven under the influence before in Washington, with charges amended to reckless driving.