Google engineer killed in road rage crash

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Steve Lacey
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- A volatile mix of speed, alcohol and road rage claimed the life of an innocent victim Sunday who happened to be driving in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Washington State Patrol says the incident began at about 2 p.m. when a man driving a black Hyundai SUV was involved in a road rage incident on Interstate 405.

Witnesses told troopers the Hyundai driver began following a driver who he believed had cut him off as he headed south down the freeway.

As the Hyundai driver took the NE 85th Street off-ramp, he was speeding and lost control, flying across the eastbound lanes of NE 85th into the westbound traffic.

At that point, the Hyundai slammed into a gray BMW that was heading west on 85th Street and had not been involved in the earlier road rage incident.

The impact killed the driver of the BMW. He was identified as Steve Lacey, a software engineer at Google and father of two young children.

"I got a call from his wife saying 'this is the worst day of my life, can you please come over to my house?'" said Anna Rising, a friend of Lacey.

"They're in shock," Rising said of Lacey's family. "They don't know what to do. She's really in shock. He just ran to Costco to pick some stuff up and they were wondering why he was so late, and then police came and told them what happened."

Lacey worked at Microsoft before joining Google, and his friends said Mark Zuckerberg tried to personally recruit Lacey to join Facebook.

Troopers said the Hyundai driver had been drinking, and alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver of the black Hyundai, 58-year-old Patrick Rexroat, was booked into jail for investigation of vehicular homicide.