Man found guilty of vehicular homicide assault

first_imgJurors in a vehicular homicide trial on Thursday determined the driver accused of causing the deadly 2015 crash on state Highway 503 had disregarded the safety of others on the road. However, they did not find that he was driving recklessly at the time.The jury returned the verdict in Dean Imokawa’s case after deliberating for nearly four hours. They ultimately found him guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault caused by disregarding the safety of others — the least serious level of the crime. But the jury acquitted him of a charge of reckless driving and could not agree on whether recklessness played a role in the other convictions.Imokawa, who’s been out on supervised release, will be sentenced Feb. 8, at which time he will be taken into custody.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said that Imokawa may be facing a sentencing range of 26 to 36 months in prison.The crash, which occurred April 2, 2015, resulted in the death of 86-year-old Eleanor Tapani of Battle Ground. She died the following day from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to a probable cause affidavit.Imokawa was driving north on the highway in a 2006 GMC pickup shortly after 9:30 a.m. when he attempted to pass a Land Rover he was traveling behind in the left lane. He used the right lane to pass the vehicle and then merged back into the left lane on the Salmon Creek bridge. His pickup struck the front right corner of the Land Rover, however, and both vehicles lost control, crossed the median and entered the southbound lanes. A southbound Kia Sorento, in which Tapani was the passenger, struck Imokawa’s pickup.The driver of the Kia, Linda Dallum of Battle Ground, suffered multiple fractured ribs and fractures to her right ankle, foot and kneecap in the crash. She, Tapani and Imokawa were all transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Land Rover, Nicholas Grier of Battle Ground, was not injured.last_img read more