The driver suspected of causing a crash that killed two Federal Way high school seniors just days before their graduation was charged Monday with two counts of vehicular homicide.
Test results showed Alexander E. Peder’s blood-alcohol level was 0.16, twice the legal limit, at the time of the crash, according to charging documents.
If found guilty, Peder, 50, of Kirkland, could be sentenced to five to seven years in prison.
He has two driving-under-the-influence charges that resulted in convictions for negligent driving in 1998 and for reckless endangerment in 2008. The potential five-to-seven year sentencing range includes an enhancement for the reckless endangerment conviction.
Prosecutors will evaluate adding charges, including a vehicular assault charge for a third teenager injured in the crash, said Ian Goodhew, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Peder’s 1998 Ford Explorer crashed into a 1986 Honda Civic that had broken down Wednesday night and was stopped in the center lane on southbound Interstate 5 in Tukwila with its hazard lights on, the Washington State Patrol reported.
Derek King, 18, a passenger in the back seat of the Honda, died at the scene. Nicholas Hodgins, also 18, a passenger in the front seat, died Thursday afternoon at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Both were to graduate Saturday from Decatur High School.
A trooper found a half-full bottle of vodka in Peder’s Explorer after the crash at 10:30 p.m.