July 16 Trial Date Set for Kelly Hudson in Fatal August Crash in Kirkland

Hudson is charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault in the crash that killed Joyce Parsons of Finn Hill and critically injured her brother, Arthur Kamm of Bellevue.


A trial date of July 16 has been set for Kelly Hudson, charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in an August crash on Kirkland’s Juanita Drive that killed 81-year-old Joyce Parsons.

The trial date, delayed several times late last year and early this year, was set Monday by Judge Ronald Kessler during a hearing in King County Superior Court in Seattle.

If convicted on the vehicular homicide charge and three counts of vehicular assault, Hudson would face a sentence of 12.1 to 16.1 years in prison, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

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.

The three other people were all injured, at least one of them in life-changing ways. Arthur Kamm of Bellevue, 86, was at the wheel of the car hit and is now confined to a wheelchair. Joyce Parsons was his sister. His relatives Daniel and Jenny Grieshaber, 72 and 69 respectively, were also in the car.  Jenny Grieshaber continues to struggle with her injuries.

The four were returning to Parsons’ home after an evening tour boat cruise on Lake Washington.

John Kamm of Bellevue, son of Arthur Kamm and nephew of Joyce Parsons, told Kirkland Patch recently he is eager to see the trial get underway.

“I just really would like to get this trial going and let the court hammer it out so we could get some closure,” he said. “So far it’s been delay after delay.”

He said his father will never be the same and is likely confined to a wheelchair and convalescent center for the rest of his life.

“He used to be an active dynamic man,” Kamm said. “Before, he and his pals were flying their private planes a couple times a week. It’s terribly sad. The person he was before...and the person he is now are totally not the same”

Hudson’s attorney, Scott Wonder of Bellevue, on Tuesday declined to talk to Kirkland Patch. Court records indicate continuances were ordered in the case due to a heart attack suffered by a psychologist or psychiatrist who might be called by the defense.

Hudson pleaded “absolutely not guilty” and was shielded from media cameras by Wonder during her arraignment last in August.

Ralph March 05, 2013 at 11:14 PM
There's no happy ending to this tragic story. Hopefully the survivors and the family can focus on putting their lives back together.
Greg Johnston (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Yes, it is truly sad and tragic on multiple levels Whatmeworry.
DSVSeaquest March 06, 2013 at 03:35 AM
This is tragic for both sides, however sentencing her to jail does not justify the situation. This will be a no win scenario, other than she does the time, but the families are still at a loss because they do not have closure. My point is, time to move on - and hope that she has learned her lesson.
GiGi March 06, 2013 at 05:04 AM
"Learn her lesson?" What is she eight? You learn a lesson by not leaving the windows down in the car when it rains. You learn a lesson to not touch the stove when the eye is red. Poster whoever you are, it is clear you are either a close friend or relative to this woman who should have known better than to get behind the wheel after taking meds and alcohol. If someone killed your family member and maimed others, would you be so quick to move on and hope they too learned their lesson? If she is sentenced, that time will be her time to learn her lesson.
DSVSeaquest March 06, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Reading your response tells me that your an "Eye for Eye" type person, I am sure that your life is perfect in your world. You also mis-understood my statement. I do not support Drinking and Driving - I have seen first hand what it does to others, also recently a very good friend of mine, was in a serious accident, he was hit by an 18 year old who was under the influence, and was in ICU for two weeks, recovering slowly, (BTW This was just before Christmas recently). I visited him in the hospital and was shocked of his recovery. I asked him if he was going after the young man, he said "No" - he would ask the Judge to go lightly on him. That he did not deserve to go to Jail. You mentioned "it is clear you are either a close friend or relative to this woman" I know her, I have worked with her, but I do not support what just happened. Taking meds with Alcohol, and operating machinery is a forbidden in my book. My Father was killed, I was pissed about that, but am not a vengeance type person, I got over it, but I knew that I had a great time with my Dad while he was in his life. I have moved on. My Father was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, I watched people make changes in their lives for something they did that was stupid. We took on a few in our home, helped them change their lives and ways... I can talk all day about this. But I am not the one that would wish Death on anyone and Jail time, we all have to pay for that in our taxes.
DSVSeaquest March 06, 2013 at 05:37 AM
GiGi, You and your Family are in my prayers, and I have added all of you into my prayer circle. Hope and pray for your suffering during these hard times. DSVSeaquest
Art Valla March 28, 2013 at 05:21 PM
DSVSequest, We have seen the carnage caused by alcohol. Look at what just happened in Seattle. While it is true that people with substance abuse problems need help, how do you propose we protect society in the mean time? No amount of hand slap, lectures by judges, suspension of licenses, or court orders for breathalyzer ignition locks has had one whit of deterrence. Drunks are drunks are drunks. According to the Seattle Times, for each DWI issued, the offender has driven drunk 200 to 300 times without being caught. So, are we just to accept the carnage, or do we remove the drunks from society? In my opinion, putting drunk drivers in standard prison is just delaying the carnage they will commit. I would propose a minimum 3 years at a special incarceration prison for drunks - for first offense. A second offense merits life.
Art Valla March 28, 2013 at 05:46 PM
On the other hand, creating a state run "leper colony" for drunks surrounded by armed guards is a bit harsh. One thing is for sure. No one has found an adequate solution to our social diseases of substance abuse - and the carnage will continue unabated until we do.
DSVSeaquest March 28, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Art Villa, Your right, a drunk will always drive no matter what, doesn't make them a bad person, but a person out of control while drinking. I like the first offense response, but if caught again merits life does not fix it. Alcoholism is a disease, we do not through people in jail for having any disease, unless it's contagious. However, I have been asking around, what others feel, some are harsh, some are open to find a better way, and some feel it hasn't happened to them, but don't have an answer. I will ask my Facebook Friends...I will come back in a day or so with what others are thinking. My personal feeling - they should wear a blood analyzer, if they drink shock the hell out of them. :)


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