Crime

Gig Harbor woman pleads guilty to killing motorcyclist

A 72-year-old Gig Harbor woman pleaded guilty Thursday to causing a wreck that killed a motorcycle rider last year.

Molly Burrell Lee will be sentenced in November on one count of vehicular homicide. Pierce County Superior Court Judge John McCarthy allowed Lee to remain free on her own recognizance until then.

Her standard-range sentence is 15 to 20 months in prison, but she qualifies for a first-time offender waiver that could see her get from no time in jail to 90 days.

Investigators said Lee was at the wheel of a car that drove into oncoming traffic May 25, 2013, and hit motorcyclist Alex Heinz, 69 of Tacoma. Heinz died of his injuries.

Immediately after the crash, Lee did not seem to understand what had happened, court records show.

Her attorney, Bryan Hershman, said in court Thursday his client might have been unconscious at the time of the collision. Lee had been experiencing health issues in the days leading up to the wreck.

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