Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Michael E. Parker-Lee, 23, of Trout Lake, was found guilty based upon a jury verdict on Feb. 28, 2012, of vehicular homicide-disregard for safety of others and reckless endangerment.
Parker-Lee was the driver of a vehicle involved in a single-car collision on Oct. 5, 2009, that killed Nathaniel "Nate" Robert Hall, 23, of Roy.
Evidence presented at trial, including witness testimony, revealed that Parker-Lee, was driving in a 50 m.p.h. zone while spotlighting for animals in an open-range area near Trout Lake. He hit an adult cow that was on the roadway at a speed calculated by the Washington State Patrol to be somewhere around 87 miles per hour.
Nate Hall died from massive head injuries sustained when the cow went through the passenger side of the windshield.
Parker-Lee was found guilty of reckless endangerment for creating a substantial risk of injury or death for the surviving passenger, Chad Strong.
Parker-Lee was sentenced on March 19, 2012, to 18 months on the vehicular homicide charge and a consecutive six months on the reckless endangerment charge. The defendant must pay $7,712.50 in court costs, including a mandatory $1,000 fine for emergency response costs related to the vehicular homicide.
Restitution to the victim's estate and family, as well as to the owner of the cow, will be determined at a later date.