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Tacoma man charged with vehicular homicide

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a Tacoma man with vehicular homicide, alleging he was drunk and on drugs when he ran a red light last week and crashed into another vehicle, killing one of his passengers.

Michael Lee Holly, 18, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault in the Feb. 20 crash at the intersection of South 48th and M streets. A woman riding in Holly's car was killed and five other people, including Holly, were injured in the early-morning accident.

No attorney has been assigned to represent Holly. He posted $40,000 bail and was not in custody Thursday.

Court documents give the following account:

Holly and two others went to a pizza restaurant, then to a bowling alley the night of Feb. 19. Holly told investigators he had 10 Bud Light beers in the trunk of his mother's 1999 Acura and drank one and a half of them. He also said he smoked a bowl of marijuana about 8 p.m.

Investigators say Holly, who does not have a driver's license, ran a red light at about 2:45 a.m. and hit a 2004 Mitsubishi. Officers found a tubular glass object and a sandwich bag that contained what appeared to be marijuana in the Acura.

Holly's front seat passenger, Jennie Mattlab, 19, of Tacoma died of her injuries a short time later. Holly injured his right knee, while his other passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, had femur fractures and a torn rotator cuff.

Three men in the Mitsubishi also were injured; one had a broken back and leg, while another suffered a broken neck, broken lower back, fractured ribs, a brain hemorrhage and had to have his spleen removed. The Mitsubishi's driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle but had no major injuries.

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