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Originally published Monday, July 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM

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West Seattle man held on $1M bail in fatal crash

Bail was set at $1 million for a man accused of killing a passenger while driving under the influence in West Seattle over the weekend.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Bail was set at $1 million Monday for a 43-year-old West Seattle man with a history of alcohol-related traffic offenses who is accused of causing a fatal accident while driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday.

The man, who waived his appearance at a bail hearing in King County District Court on Monday, was ordered held on investigation of vehicular homicide pending the filing of charges.

According to Seattle police, the man was driving a Chevrolet pickup near the intersection of Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Kenyon Street shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday when he collided with a Honda CRV.

The pickup rolled over, ejecting a passenger riding in the bed of the truck, who was killed, police said.

The driver was taken under guard to the hospital for treatment and to have his blood drawn for a blood-alcohol test, according to police. The results of that test are pending, according to the affidavit of probable cause that outlines the police case.

The suspect was driving on a suspended license for unpaid tickets, including one for a violation of an ignition-interlock restriction, prosecutors wrote in the affidavit.

Court documents also show he was arrested for investigation of DUI in Seattle in 1998 and charged twice, in 2007 and 2010, with driving under the influence of alcohol in Island County. One of the charges in Island County was reduced to negligent driving, according to King County prosecutors.

The 2010 case has not been resolved, court documents show. It wasn’t immediately clear what happened with the 1998 Seattle case.

Court records also indicate the man is a single parent with a job who had been previously ordered to undergo alcohol and drug evaluation and treatment.

Seattle police said that when the man was questioned after the collision Saturday he acknowledged drinking alcohol that day, according to the affidavit.

He told police he did not remember the accident or what led up to it, but police said in the affidavit that his eyes were red, his words were slurred and he was crying.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.comSeattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.

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