Everett

Police recommend homicide, DUI charges in deadly racing crash

EVERETT, Wash. - Police are recommending that charges be filed against the drivers of three different vehicles involved in a crash during an October 2012 street race that killed a 7-year-old boy.

An investigation by Everett police detectives found that two BMWs were southbound on Evergreen Way and stopped at the intersection of 75th Street SE for a red light at about 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2012.

When the light turned green, both cars accelerated past the posted speed limit in an impromptu race. The driver of the black BMW made several lane changes and ultimately collided with the front of the other BMW, said Aaron Snell of the Everett police.

The collision caused the black BMW to spin into oncoming lanes of travel where it was struck by a minivan heading north.

The passenger in the black BMW, 7-year-old Josiah A. Alves, died from blunt force injuries to the head he suffered in the crash. The driver of the car was his father.

The driver of the northbound minivan received substantial injuries.

The findings of the investigation led detectives to refer charges to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office on all three drivers, Snell said.

The driver of the black BMW and the second BMW are being referred for vehicular homicide charges while the driver of the northbound vehicle is being referred for DUI.

The Prosecutor’s Office will review the case on each driver and decide if formal charges should be filed. Police will not release the names of the drivers unless charges are made.

The driver of the black BMW, a 31-year-old Everett man, is the father of the 7-year-old who died. The driver of the second BMW is a 28-year-old Clinton man. The driver of the northbound minivan is a 76-year-old Marysville woman.