A Thurston County woman pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to three counts of vehicular assault stemming from a Sept. 9 collision that injured a woman so severely that she was hospitalized for 62 days with broken bones and a brain injury.
Lab results show Kathleen C. Hentze, 36, was driving under the influence of both methamphetamine and alcohol when her vehicle struck a car on Bald Hill Road. The car contained three passengers: a female driver, an adult male passenger, and an 11-year-old boy.
All three of the car’s occupants were injured. The woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she remained unconscious for about two weeks, according to Deputy Prosecutor Christie Peters. The woman underwent nine surgeries, and may not be able to return to work.
The man suffered a broken hand and clavicle, while the boy suffered a broken rib, according to court documents.
A Thurston County judge issued a warrant on Dec. 18 for Hentze’s arrest. She appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax on Thursday.
Following the Sept. 9 crash, Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies had found three cans of Olympia Beer on the floor of the car, according to court documents. Hentze reportedly told deputies that she consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana.
Lab results show that Hentze had a blood alcohol content of .13. The legal limit for driving in Washington is .08.
She also tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents.