The 38-year-old driver of the red Chrysler PT Cruiser that collided with the back of a King County Metro bus at East Denny Way and Broadway in Capitol Hill on March 8 is facing a charge of vehicular homicide following the death of one of his passengers.
Kevin Arrington had allegedly shot crystal methamphetamine a few hours prior to the collision, which occurred just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March
8, according to charging documents. A blood draw taken 3 1/2 hours after the collision found 2 mg/L of methamphetamine in his system, plus .16 mg/L of amphetamine and .10 mg of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite for cocaine.
The owner of the vehicle, who was in the front passenger seat, sustained a shoulder injury during the collision.
Chad M. Rogers, who was wearing his seatbelt and sitting in the back of the PT Cruiser, suffered the ligamentous separation of his spinal column from the base of his skull (atlanto-occipital dissociation). Rogers died 11 days later at Harborview Medical Center.
Arrington sustained minor injuries, and the bus driver suffered a soft tissue knee injury.
Arrington was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving on Monday, Oct. 3, in King County Superior Court. The King County Prosecutor’s Office reports the case was referred for charges by police last week.
According to the complaint, Arrington was traveling at around 34 mph, looking at his cellphone, when he ran a red light while traveling north on Broadway, causing several pedestrians to “abruptly stop and take evasive action.”
Arrington allegedly denied taking drugs at first, but admitted to injecting crystal meth after a blood draw was performed, according to the complaint.
At the time of the collision, Arrington’s license had been suspended due to 2014 traffic charges of speeding, having no liability insurance and expired tabs.