Tukwila man sentenced to 11 years for Dec. 2013 fatal DUI collision on SR-509


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Daylight shows the extreme damage to the two vehicles. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol.

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The embankment the suspect drove down. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office is reporting that Tukwila man was sentenced on Friday (Oct. 31) to nearly 11 years in prison for a multiple-vehicle collision on SR-509 in December 2013 that killed a 54-year-old woman (read our previous coverage here).

Prosecutors say the defendant, Christopher Wittman, 25, was impaired by a combination of alcohol and marijuana and was distracted by using a cell phone when he crashed his car through a fence and over an embankment onto Highway 509, where his car landed on top of the victims’ vehicle.

Barbara Eakin died from her injuries, while her husband Clay Eakin was injured in the collision.

The driver of a vehicle that collided with the defendant’s disabled car was also injured.

Several other cars were involved in the chain reaction collision and those drivers also received various injuries.

Wittman pled guilty last month to charges of Vehicular Homicide (DUI), Vehicular Assault (DUI) and Reckless Endangerment. The standard sentence range was nine to just over 12 years.

Wittman was sentenced before Judge John Chun at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Feedheim, paralegal Lindsey Thomas, and victim advocate Karen Kunde.

Below are some Tweets sent out about the tragic crash:

Here’s a pic of the crash scene Tweeted out by Noah Bond:


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