A 27-year-old Olympia man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Friday in connection with a March car crash that killed a passenger.
Ryan C. Cughan faces a recommended 6 years and six months in prison when he is sentenced June 5.
Cughan has been in Thurston County jail since he crashed his borrowed Jeep Cherokee into a tree east of Lacey on March 10, killing his passenger, William Komula Jr., 59.
A Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy responding to the 8:20 p.m. crash in the Sunwood Lakes neighborhood said Cughan appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. A half-empty bottle of alcohol without a lid was found on the dashboard, according to court documents.
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A passerby who was a nurse tended to Komula, but he died a short time after being taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
At a Thurston County Superior Court plea hearing before Judge Mary Sue Wilson on Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Wheeler recommended that Cughan serve six years and six months in prison — the minimum sentence for the crime.