Prosecutor: Vehicular homicide charge expected in Capitol Forest wreck

Staff writerJune 4, 2014 

Thurston County prosecutor expects to charge the driver of the suv that killed one person in Capitol Forest Monday, June 2, with vehicular homicide.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TROOPER GUY GILL.

A prosecutor said he is going to charge a 23-year-old Lacey man with vehicular homicide in connection with Monday night's death of 18-year-old Alistair Martz during a one-vehicle wreck in Capitol Forest.

A judge found probable cause to support of charge of vehicular homicide against the driver, Bradley Williams, during a court hearing Tuesday.

Williams was arrested about 8:25 p.m. Monday night after the sport-utility vehicle he was driving flipped near the intersection of Sherman Valley Road and C-Line 5000 in Capitol Forest. At the time of the wreck, Williams was doing "donuts' on a dirt portion of the road when one of the wheels got caught on a dirt berm, and the vehicle rolled over, court papers state.

The three passengers in the SUV included Martz, who was standing in the SUV with his head up through the open sunroof when the vehicle flipped upside-down, court papers state.

Martz was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators at the scene did not find any evidence that Williams had consumed drugs or alcohol prior to the crash. However, he was placed under arrest on suspicion of vehicular homicide, under the legal theory that he acted with "disregard for the safety of others" at the time of the crash.

"Williams stated he was driving the vehicle and admitted to spinning 'donuts' but didn't think there was any harm in doing so," court papers state.

During Monday's court hearing, a judge allowed Williams to be released from custody on his own personal recognizance, meaning that he did not have to post bail. Williams had no prior arrest record until Monday night's crash in Capitol Forest.

During an interview Wednesday, Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney James Powers said that because WSP's crash investigation is not complete, he is waiting before he files formal criminal charges. He added that he does expect to file a charge of vehicular homicide.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; jpawloski@theolympian.com

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