Edmonds traffic death may be linked to other driver’s history of seizures

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An Edmonds man’s death in a 2009 traffic crash may be linked to another driver’s decision to stick behind the wheel despite a long history of epilepsy and collisions, according to allegations by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office reported in the Daily Herald Wednesday.

My Edmonds News reported on the original accident here. According to the Herald report, Ben Garnet Holt, 69, of Edmonds, was driving a pickup “with disregard for the safety of others” when he slammed into the back of a minivan at nearly 70 mph, fatally injuring John Spudich, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow said in court papers.

Holt was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide, an offense typically associated with deaths caused by drunken driving. But the Herald reports that in this case, the prosecutor detailed Holt’s history of vehicle crashes linked to epilepsy. The details were included to help make the case that Holt should be barred from driving while the case is pending, Darrow said.

For more details, read the Herald story here.

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