(By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent)
Witnesses say car was going over 100 m.p.h….
A Colville man was recently charged with vehicular homicide for rolling his car over a guardrail on Aladdin Road and killing his passenger late last fall. Witness reports suggested the car may have been traveling at over 100 m.p.h.
Jacob Lee Kunze, 26, was driving on Aladdin Road on Nov. 6, 2016 when his Mitsubishi Eclipse left the road at a high rate of speed, struck a rock and dirt embankment, went over the guard rail and then rested on its roof in North Fork Mill Creek. Kunze’s passenger, Monica Robinson, 38, died on the scene. Kunze tested positive for marijuana the day of the accident and told witnesses he had crashed while trying to avoid a deer.
Scene investigators reported seeing pills and syringes in the debris from the car and Kunze admitted to police that he had used heroin three days prior. Kunze did not have a driver’s license and told witnesses that he was worried about going to jail for not having a license. Kunze had also bragged to a neighbor about driving 130 m.p.h. on Aladdin Road just two hours before the collision, according to the police report.
Stevens County Deputy Prosecutor, Lech Radzimski, said the nine month delay in charging Kunze for the accident is not unusual, as the prosecutor’s office was waiting for the results of a toxicology report which can take up to three months or more.
Kunze is being charged with one count of vehicular homicide. A national warrant has been issued for Kunze’s arrest, as it is assumed he has left the area.