Edmonds man who crashed into minivan, killing driver, receives home detention


The Edmonds man who slammed into the back of a minivan stopped at a red light at the 220th Street and 76th Avenue West intersection in November 2009 was sentenced on Monday to three months of home detention, the Herald reported.

Ben Garnet Holt, 70, hit the minivan at nearly 70 mph, fatally injuring John Spudich, also of Edmonds. Holt had a long history of epileptic seizures. When he appeared in court last September, he had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge but prosecutors noted that he had been in multiple vehicle crashes related to his condition.

Holt and Spudich’s family reached an out-of-court settlement in a related civil case, said Holt’s attorney Michael Patterson. The agreement calls for Holt’s insurance company to pay nearly $1 million and Holt to pay about $500,000.

For more details, read the Herald story here.

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