Man charged with vehicular homicide for Tacoma teen death

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by JANET KIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 7:00 PM

TACOMA, Wash.—A Tacoma father came face to face with the man accused of killing his son.

Miguel Argueta was in court Thursday, facing vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges for the death of 17-year old Quinnton Dimmitt.

Dimmitt wouldn’t live to see graduation from Franklin Pierce High School. He was killed in a crash on April 25 during a trip to get coffee for his mother. Investigators said Argueta struck Dimmitt’s car with both alcohol and marijuana in his system, going more than 90 miles an hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. It happened near 84th and Waller, where a memorial now marks the spot and the pain.

”I think it was a selfish act getting behind the wheel, period,” said Mike Dimmitt.

 He came to court hoping to see remorse from the driver; instead he couldn’t hide his own hurt as it begins to settle in that his son is gone.

”I just wanted to be able to read him and I wasn’t able to,” he said.  “It just absolutely kills me to be here; I’d rather be dead.”

Argueta pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $750,000. Investigators say it took some time to make the arrest because they were waiting on evidence like the toxicology report. Quinnton’s sister is expected to accept his diploma this Saturday at graduation.
 

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