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20-year-old gets maximum sentence in vehicular homicide

Following SR 142 wreck

A 20-year-old Klickitat man was sentenced June 20 to nearly 4 years in jail -- the maximum time allowed under state sentencing guidelines -- after being found responsible for the deaths of two Klickitat boys who were passengers in his car when he crashed it on Feb. 14, 2010.

Ronald P. Prominski, was found guilty in Klickitat County Superior Court of two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of reckless endangerment related to a single-car accident on State Route 142 that killed Dylon E. Johnson and William A. Blake, both 16 at the time.

Evidence presented at trial -- including witness testimony -- revealed that Prominski was driving at a high rate of speed while playing "car games" with a vehicle driven by Jonas J. Keys IV, also of Klickitat. (Keys was found guilty of similar charges in February of this year.)

According to the prosecution, Prominski, while attempting to pass Keys' car coming out of a blind corner in a no-passing zone, late at night, on a wet road, lost control of his vehicle. The car crossed the roadway, spun backwards, struck a tree and caught on fire. Johnson and Blake were passengers in the back seat.

The two counts of vehicular homicide stemmed from their deaths. Moreover, Prominski was found guilty of reckless endangerment for creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death for the surviving passenger.

Prominski will serve 34 months on the two vehicular homicide charges, to be served concurrently, and 365 days on the reckless endangerment charge, to be served consecutive to the vehicular homicide sentence.

The state developed its case against Prominski through close collaboration between the Klickitat County Prosecutor's Office, the Washington State Patrol and the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office.

Prosecuting Attorney Lori Hoctor said State Trooper Marc Boardman and KCSO Sgt. Joe Riggers provided trial support and evidence, including Boardman's accident reconstruction testimony and evidence.


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