Woman sentenced to prison for DUI, vehicular homicide

OLYMPIA – A judge sentenced a 57-year-old Tenino woman to 21/2 years in prison Monday after she pleaded guilty earlier this year to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence during a Jan. 10 crash, court papers state.

Karen Lynn Clark, 57, had pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DUI in June in exchange for a prosecutor’s recommendation that she serve a 30-month sentence. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Paula Casey imposed the sentence Monday.

Clark was driving east on 180th Avenue Southeast, about two miles south of Tenino, about 10 p.m. Jan. 10 when she lost control, overcorrected and left the roadway. The 1997 Toyota Corolla she was driving hit a tree on the passenger side.

The passenger, James A. Kernodle, 56, of Tenino, was pronounced dead at the scene. Clark suffered arm fractures and possible chest injuries and was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Neither was wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

Clark must undergo substance abuse treatment as a condition of her sentence, court papers state.

Jeremy Pawloski,360-754-5465