Breaking: Kirkland Woman Pleads 'Absolutely Not Guilty' in Fatal Crash

Kelly Ann Hudson of Finn Hill was arraigned Thursday on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in the crash that killed an elderly neighbor.


Kelly Ann Hudson of Kirkland pleaded "absolutely not guilty" Thursday to charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in a fatal head-on crash along Juanita Drive that killed an 81-year-old woman.

In an unusual request, Hudson’s lawyer, Scott E. Wonder, asked and was allowed by Judge Ronald Kessler to shield Hudson’s face from media cameras with a thin sheet of Styrofoam during her arraignment in Seattle’s King County Superior Court.

Wonder said Hudson, who remains in King County Jail on $500,000 bond, was concerned that her three children would see her on television or in the newspaper. Wearing orange jail clothing, the thin, blond Hudson walked in with Wonder holding up the sheet of Styrofoam. She then stood before Kessler and said in a clear voice, “Absolutely not guilty,” when he asked for her plea.

Hudson is charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault. She requested and was granted a postponement of her bail hearing, meaning she will remain in jail for the time being. Kessler set her next court date, a case-setting appearance, for Sept. 10.

Charging documents allege Hudson, a 42-year-old Finn Hill woman, was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs coming the other way the night of Aug. 7.

Joyce Parsons, who lived just blocks away from Hudson on Finn Hill, was killed in the crash. Parsons' brother, 86-year-old Arthur Kamm of Bellevue, was at the wheel of the car hit and was critically injured in the crash. He remains in the hospital and has not yet regained full lucidity.

“He has no recollection of anything,” Kamm’s son, John Kamm of Bellevue, told reporters after the arraignment. “He has been in and out of our world due to the trauma.”

John Kamm said he was not sure if his father, who was an active, energetic man before the crash, realizes his sister was killed in the crash. “We’re not sure. He has been told repeatedly.”

Kamm described Parsons, his aunt, as “just a total loving, caring generous person. She didn’t deserve to die that way.”

Arthur Kamm, Parsons and two out-of-state relatives, Daniel and Jenny Grieshaber, 72 and 69 respectively, were en route to Parsons home after an evening excursion boat cruise and dinner on Lake Washington. The Grieshabers are out of the hospital but have not fully recovered from their injuries, said John Kamm.

Kamm described the family’s ordeal since the crash as “like being in a washing machine on spin cycle. It’s been very traumatic.”

Joyce Parsons' son, Keith Parsons of Newcastle, also attended the arraignment to--like John Kamm--see the suspect driver. They were surprised when the judge allowed Hudson’s attorney to shield her from the cameras.

“I wonder if she was embarrassed to show her face at her house when she was allegedly taking pharmaceuticals and drinking wine,” Kamm said.

Keith Parsons said he had been to his mother’s home on Finn Hill several times since the crash and that the experience has been difficult. “We’ve passed the scene a number of times. It’s hard for me to imagine how a normal person could ever let that happen.”

A simple white cross now marks the spot on Juanita Drive near 120th Street Northeast.

Attorney Wonder issued a statement on behalf of the Hudson family, saying “they are all very hurt and sorry for the Parsons family and are praying for them every day.”

Wonder said some inaccurate information on the crash had been reported, and cautioned reporters about jumping to conclusions.

“Our investigation has just started,” he said. “Our big concern is that Kelly gets a fair trial. This is a tragedy and we have to figure out what happened.”

Wonder noted that Hudson’s blood alcohol had been tested but that prosecutors have not yet released the results. He said he requested that he be allowed to shield Hudson’s face because she did not want her children to see her in that situation.

“She has three children in junior high and high school. They are with her family and with friends,” he said. “We can’t control what they see when they are with friends.”

JuneGloom October 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
John, I think that is entirely reasonable. Best wishes to your family.
Anonymous October 08, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Anonymous October 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Okay, I have wanted to put in my 2 cents on this for a while and have refrained from doing so. I cant take it any longer. This entire thread is completely ridiculous sounding when you read the whole thing. First of all, none of us have any say whatsoever in what happens to Kelly. The courts will decide that. Im not sure what you think arguing about what should happen to her will do. I do know Kelly- and it is laughable that anyone wants to sit here and say that this is supposedly the first time she ever drank and just happened to have this bad thing happen. That is absurd. Kelly drinks. Is she an alcoholic? No. But to completely lie and make her out to be some flawless person who has never taken a sip of alcohol in her life is just insulting to the victims family in my opinion. Kelly is a mother, and a good one at that. She didn’t have her kids that night, as they were at their dads house. If they were there, this wouldn’t have happened. Kelly is not a bad person. Kelly is a good person, who did a bad thing. Its not like she purposely got in her car with the intent on killing anyone, but clearly, she was in no condition to drive. A clue might have been when she crashed in her own driveway.
Anonymous October 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I do feel bad about the circumstances that Kelly is facing and what she is putting her family through over this one dumb decision. But you can talk all day about her role in the community, and how great of a person she is. “Mistake” or “no mistake” it really doesn’t matter. There is no “explanation” or “reason” that this happened that can justify innocent people driving and getting hit out of nowhere. It really doesn’t matter at all. If this was my family member who died, I would not have much remorse. I don’t blame the Kamm family for being angry. All I can do is say that we aren’t all perfect, and we all make mistakes. However, I have to agree with the fact that the “ABSOLUTELY” not guilty, and all the other charades she is pulling is really ridiculous. She needs to own up to her actions, and she needs to show some sympathy and remorse for what she did. She needs to acknowledge her mistakes. People cant forgive, when the person who needs forgiveness doesn’t even think so. She doesn’t seek forgiveness. All she is doing is trying to justify her actions and explain WHY it happened. And THAT is frustrating to say the least……
Anonymous October 08, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Is the police report available publically? Have they released her blood alcohol level?
Greg Johnston (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Anonymous, the last time we updated this story the blood alcohol level had not been made public, but if memory serves me correctly, blood was drawn from the suspect after the crash. I do believe charging documents are public record, but police reports can be withheld during an active investigation or prosecution.
John kamm October 08, 2012 at 11:13 PM
To Anonymous....to answer your questions,,,,,,,Yes & I believe so
Trish November 01, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Angus Young (AKA Tom) your comment is not noteworthy or truthful and will be turned into Human Resources as I believe it was you were harrasing your team, i know I was on your team, BTW its a shame you are as spiteful as you are. Dear anonymous to answer your question the police report is not complete and the blood test to my understanding is not released. I believe people should wait until the trial starts
Co Worker November 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I have been following this from the day it happened. I worked with Kelly for more than 10 years. I know her well enough to shed some light on a few things. 1st, she liked to party. Did she do this every day, no, but she definitely drank and I have seen her significantly impaired on many occasions. I have seen her get into her car and drive when her sobriety was in question. I have witnessed co-workers offering to get a cab, or to drive her home. Did she take them up on it? No. “I am just fine” was her stance, and I personally saw that more than once. I worked with her directly on many projects over the course of 10 years. She was notorious for casting blame on anyone and everyone around her. People referred to her a being made of Teflon, as she deflected anything she possibly could. She is absolutely a person who will do anything she can to deflect accountability to others. I know her ex-husband as well. I worked with him. He is not the evil wife beater being made out here. The only thing I imagine would be worse than being Kelly’s husband, would be to be an ex-husband (she has several.) Kelly knows how to manipulate people, and she knows how to work any and all systems to her benefit. She was a master at it. Hearing someone talk about how near perfect she was is an absolute falsehood. She is not a good person, at all. .
Chris November 01, 2012 at 11:55 PM
probably would be a good idea if Kelly's Exhusband and his friends stop writing about her. Its just plain stupid and tons of lies. Way to go - a cab ride home, thats funny
Kirkland Resident November 02, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I don't care who knows her and who doesn't. I live next to the victim who lives 3 blocks from Kelly and today 100 cars showed up to go thru her stuff at the estate sale at her house. I walked by Kelly's house and she was sitting in the front yard on her cell phone laughing away with someone. Sure wish Joyce was outside gardening and laughing like she used to.
Yet another co-worker November 06, 2012 at 08:58 AM
I know her. Worked with her on and off for the past decade. So what? My personal opinion of her (and anyone else's really) is hardly relevant to what happened. Sure, she left a trail of burned bridges everywhere she went and there are loads of people who don't like her one bit. But none of that matters. If she took any sort of inebriant and went driving, she is guilty of vehicular manslaughter. Simple. Now if her claim of "Not guilty" was based on her not being inebriated, then I guess her lawyers will have to prove it. Or get any evidence that does prove it tossed. Even if they pull a magic act and get any sobriety tests thrown out, the fact is that she slammed her car headlong into another when she crossed the center line. She is guilty of at least causing an accident that claimed 1 life and affected others. The fact that it was the first time is equally irrelevant. Nobody gets a free pass on a crime that leads to the loss of life just because it was the first time. Well maybe in the annals of jurisprudence perhaps someone has been able to get off claiming "But I didn't mean it and I never did this before!!!". Wouldn't surprise me really. In the end, who cares how hated the woman has been in the past 20 years, the fact remains that someone is dead and she caused it. Well unless her lawyer is going to claim some kind of mechanical failure as to what led to her crossing the center line. Hmmm....Well now would that not be a kick in the ass eh? Let's just wait and see.
FromWa November 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I don't believe she is hated, but it is interesting how much talk has been done arouned from her ex and how much typing on it. Either way she has not been around to laugh at all outside her house and I think we will see how this turns out and let the jury tell vs. all these interesting thoughts. Yes lets Just wait and see, and for further co workers Human Resources will be in contact with you.
JuneGloom November 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I'm happy to let the courts decide her punishment. I do find it interesting that many of the "co-worker" comments here seem to be one person posting under different names. I did see all the cars for the estate sale. However, KH's house is always shut up tight, I cannot imagine she'd be on her lawn chatting and laughing.
Rothar November 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I do know Kelly.....and while I feel terribly terrilbly sad for her, I have to respectfully disagree with you. This was not the first time she drank.....nor is it the first time she made poor decisions. And frankly, her "absolutley" statement on the not guily is also classic Kelly. In my experiance there have been many people who have been suffered as a result of the fallout of her actions. I agree she is a good person, but I would also suggest that she is a troubled person. I truly hope that she is doing ok and feel dreadful for all that are involved in this tragedy. I don't think it is helpful to proliferate the "it's not her fault" sentiment, it is not doing her or anyone else any good. At some point in life Kelly needs to be accountable for her actions.I am just really really sad that it has come to this.
CoWorker4 November 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
The "Classic Kelly" Statements still are one sided though from just a few folks. I agree with June and FromWa that we really need to let the families heal and let the court decide.
inResponse November 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I also agree with the last CoWorker 4 statement, poor decisions were the people posting some commens that "say" they know here and honestly have no clue. let the court decide vs. the ugly comments. Let the families heal now and move forward.
DSVSeaquest February 04, 2013 at 09:26 PM
My Heart goes out to both Parties, I can imagine that this is a difficult time. This is one of those sticky wicked that no one wins, and this will cause an upset for one party or the other. I agree to you all that she needs to pay for crime - but not like what you folks mention. Putting her in Jail, what does that accomplish? Death Sentence what does that accomplish? I feel she needs to do a life long community sentence as a reminder to all that Drinking and Driving do not mix. Has anyone heard what the final results are?
Greg Johnston (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 09:36 PM
The case remains in the judicial process, which takes time. The final result might not be known for months yet. But as soon as anything happens, we will report it. Greg Johnston, Kirkland Patch editor
John kamm February 05, 2013 at 12:33 AM
At this time there is NO trial date set. Seems Kelly Hudson has some health issues the need to be looked at. I'm not sure where the "Death Sentence" comment came from. I'd like her to live a long life, so she can remember every day what she has done to my family. (But thats just me thinking) Due to Kelly Hudson, my father will be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. The other family members, who lived thru the wreck, do have life changing injuries and will never be as they were before Kelly Husdon hit them. And my Aunt is still very dead. When there is a date set, I do plan to attend every day to see that my family does get a fair shake in this mess. I'd rather not see Kelly Hudson "get off" on some kind of legal deal or something I would like to see her have to face what she did and not have it just slide off as "oh well".
DSVSeaquest February 05, 2013 at 04:24 AM
John, We all agree that she should have to live with this for the rest of her life. The Death Sentence was brought up by fellow colleagues that I know that felt an "Eye for an Eye" this sickens me to no end. If this was the case then we would have 2/3rds of the population taken care of. My friend, my family and I have your family and friends in our prayers, something I would like to leave you with, that I keep to heart! He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all. ~~The Rime of the Ancient Mariner~~ DSVSeaquest
timmy February 05, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Kelly is very sick please leave her family alone to heal and all familys to heal. She deserves a fair trial and we need to let the jury decude at this point. Everyone is upset let them heal and let it go to court
John kamm February 05, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Timmy: How do you figure I'm bothering Kelly Hudson? I just stated MY thoughts, and my felelings. Last time I checked, that was okey in America. I want her to be real healthy for her trial and I want it to be fair to both sides. I most likely will never join the "Kelly Hudson fan club"....sorry I feel other wise. And that is reenforced everyday when I see my Fathers life now VS what is was before Kelly Hudson hit his car.
timmy February 05, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Please stop the writing on her and allow her family's to heal and her kids. Let the court decide you ate not judge and jury
John kamm February 05, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Timmy: Again...dude grow up, Kelly Hudson is playing in the big leagues now. At what time does "I have no problem having a fair trial for botrh sides" sound like I'm judge and jury? There are no more "feelings or wishs" only hard facts and for that they have lawyers.....Kelly Hudsons and The State of Washington. I didn't cause this mess, I do have my thoughts on it, but it is to the court system now.
timmy February 05, 2013 at 05:58 PM
John you grow up your just out to lynch her ket the court decide and be there for your family.
timmy February 05, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Leave her alone to heal and her family. I understand your upset
John kamm February 06, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Timmy...With Kelly Hudson being charged with (3) counts of Vehicler Assault & (1) count of Vehicler Homicide, all of which are a Felony, It is the State of Washington, King County Prosecutor office charging her, not me. I would be very happy to never hear her name again, I've got enough mess to clean up thanks to her. Maybe I will see you in court. Because I will be there. I have NO idea where you are getting the idea my family and I are "after her". Maybe you can explain to me (in more then just a line or 2) where you are coming from. I would really like to understand your side.
joan February 06, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Leave her alone snd let the courts decide
John kamm February 06, 2013 at 02:34 AM
I didn't bring it up, talk to Timmy. I just stated my thoughts. This is big time stuff, and wishing and hoping will not make it go away. You have no idea how I "wish" it would.


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