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Originally published Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:33 PM

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Kent man sentenced in fatal I-5 crash

A 25-year-old Kent man has been sentenced to just over nine years in prison for a May crash on Interstate 5 that killed one woman and critically hurt another.


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A 25-year-old Kent man was sentenced to just over nine years in prison Friday in connection with a high-speed crash on Interstate 5 near the West Seattle exit that killed a woman and injured other passengers crammed into his 1992 Cadillac El Dorado.

Aneet Chandra pleaded guilty in October to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment while intoxicated, court records show.

Chandra, who is to serve 18 months in community custody after his release from prison, was also ordered to pay more than $53,700 in restitution to his victims, including $31,500 to cover the expense of relocating the body of 20-year-old Asha Salim, who died after being ejected from the car in the May 1 crash, the records say.

The court records don’t say where Salim’s body is to be transferred, but it appears a number of those involved in the crash may have ties to Somalia.

Chandra drank at least two shots of vodka at a friend’s house in the University District before he and six other young adults crowded into Chandra’s car and began driving south toward Federal Way, according to charging documents.

Chandra wove through traffic, passing other vehicles, with witnesses later estimating his speed at 70 to 85 mph, according to the papers.

Around 11:30 p.m., when one of his passengers showed Chandra a cellphone photo of a girl in risqué clothing, Chandra lost control of the vehicle on a curve near the West Seattle exit, went over the crash buffer and slammed into the concrete barrier along the shoulder, the papers say.

Four women and three men, ages 18 to 24, were inside the car.

Salim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the back seat and pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman in the front passenger seat was critically injured. Chandra and his four remaining passengers were all taken to Harborview Medical Center with less-serious injuries.

Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com



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