UPDATE: Fatal Crash Suspect Released After Posting Bond

A King County Superior Court judge on Monday reduced bail for Kelly Ann Hudson, 42, from $500,000 to $250,000.


UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:15 a.m.: King County Jail records show that Kelly Ann Hudson, charged with vehicular homicide in the Aug. 7 crash in Kirkland that killed 81-year-old Joyce Parsons, posted bond on her $250,000 bail was was released Monday at 5:50 p.m.

A copy of the conditional release order signed when her bail was lowered from $500,000 on Monday shows that she is not allowed to drive any motor vehicle or enter any business where alcohol is served, among other conditions.


Original story:

A King County Superior Court judge reduced bail from $500,000 to $250,000 Monday for Kirkland’s Kelly Ann Hudson, charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in an August crash on Juanita Drive that killed 81-year-old Joyce Parsons.

Judge Theresa Doyle lowered the bail with several conditions, including that if Hudson posts bail and is released, she must submit to weekly urinalysis, wear an alcohol detection bracelet and not consume non-prescribed drugs or alcohol.

“We ended up agreeing to the reduced bail, because we did not want her released on personal recognizance,” said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office. “We wanted to get as many conditions as possible.”

Charging documents say Hudson, 42, admitted to police that she had consumed wine and taken a prescription anti-anxiety drug before she allegedly crossed the centerline in her minivan on the night of Aug. 7 and struck a car head-on with four people in it. Parsons, who lived just blocks away from Hudson on Kirkland’s Finn Hill, died at the scene.

and was shielded from media cameras during her arraignment later in August. Hudson’s next court appearance is a case-setting hearing Oct. 22.

For previous Kirkland Patch stories about the crash, click here.

JuneGloom October 22, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Kelly Hudson has a court hearing today- will The Patch be covering it?
Greg Johnston October 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
If anything happens we most certainly will JuneGloom. It is what's known as a "case-setting" hearing. Usually not much happens during those, the case will likely simply be continued. But we are in touch with the prosecutor's office.
JuneGloom October 22, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thanks for the information.


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