Charges filed in Lake City Way crash that killed two

Charges filed in Lake City Way crash that killed two

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Charges filed in Lake City Way crash that killed two

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 6 at 5:00 PM

SEATTLE – A man has been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for a Nov. 13 crash on Lake City Way that killed two people and seriously injured a child.

Prosecutors allege that Daniel Habeeb was speeding and driving recklessly before slamming into the victims' car, killing Laura Sheard, 26, and Kristopher Martin, 33. The collision also injured an 11-year-old friend of Habeeb's daughter, who was in his car.  His 10-year-old daughter was not seriously hurt. 
 
King County Prosecutors are also seeking to revoke Habeeb’s probation in a 2009 driving fatality. Habeeb was diagnosed with a psychosis at the time of the 2009 collision and was committed to a psychiatric ward based on that diagnosis. He was placed on probation to supervise his mental health treatment.
 
Prosecutors allege that Habeeb was made aware of the danger his mental health condition posed, especially as it pertains to driving, but chose to ignore and disregard the safety risks.  He stopped the medications, failed to inform his doctor when he began to have symptoms, and brazenly drove his vehicle. 
 
The standard sentence range is three to five years in prison. Under sentencing guidelines, the defendant could get a third off for good time.

Habeeb remains in jail with bail set at $1 million.

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