Driver who was severely drunk pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in Marysville death

  • Wed Oct 26th, 2011 4:48pm
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By Scott North Herald Writer

EVERETT — An Arlington man who drove while his blood-alcohol level was almost four times the legal limit pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide and other felony charges connected to a trail of drunken carnage in Marysville.

Randy Sedy, 45, admitted responsibility for the July 29 death of Meghan Stivers. The Lake Stevens woman, 26, was at the wheel of her Mercury Sable in a parking lot, readying to head home from work, when Sedy slammed his pickup truck into her vehicle.

The force was so great that Stivers’ car was pushed 58 feet. She died at the scene.

The fatal crash marked the end of a path of destruction through Marysville that night caused by a drunken Sedy at the wheel of his 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Before hitting Stivers, he crashed into other cars and seriously injured a Marysville man before driving away.

For part of that time, Sedy had police cars on his tail, their emergency lights flashing and sirens wailing. He later said he didn’t think the officers were trying to pull him over.

Sedy admitting to drinking beer and a fifth of vodka. His blood-alcohol level tested at 0.31; the legal limit is 0.08.

On Wednesday, he was in handcuffs and shackles during a brief hearing in Snohomish County Superior Court. Sedy pleaded guilty to one count each of vehicular homicide, being involved in a hit-and-run accident and third-degree assault.

The sounds of Stivers’ family quietly weeping could be heard in the courtroom as the hearing began.

Judge Anita Farris scheduled a Jan. 5 sentencing. Deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow said he will recommend the top punishment under state sentencing guidelines: 4 1/2 years.

Sedy also has a 2005 drunken driving conviction.

Scott North: 425-339-3431, north@heraldnet.com.