No charges filed in hit-and-run death of Index man

INDEX — Prosecutors have declined to file charges in the Aug. 4, 2012, hit-and-run accident that took the life of Stacey Broyles, 47, of Index.

There was insufficient evidence to prove to a jury beyond a doubt that the driver knew she’d struck a human being, a requirement for a conviction under state law, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow said.

The driver, 49, of Everett, left the scene. She met with detectives nine days later. She’d maintained that she thought she’d hit a dog.

Broyles’ dog, Charlie, was struck and died from injuries suffered in the collision.

Broyles’ parents traveled to Everett last week to meet with prosecutors.

A forensic analysis of the damage to the vehicle showed Broyles was lying in the road when he was hit, Darrow said. Broyles was heavily intoxicated at the time. It was dark outside.

The driver has no serious criminal history. It’s still not clear if Broyles had tripped or had fallen, or why he was in the road, Darrow said.

“I don’t think we’ll ever know precisely how that occurred,” he said.

Broyles struggled in life, but he always was loved, said his mother, Patti Libby. His family still mourns the loss.

Broyles was a free spirit, Libby said. He loved the outdoors, and he loved Index.

He was the goofy, silly one at family reunions. He drank, but even then, he was soft-hearted, she said.

“He had parents, and he was a good person, and he had a 22-year-old son,” she said. “He had siblings, and he did good in the community.”

Broyles loved his dog, who was like his shadow, she said. For awhile, he was married to a woman who worked at the Reptile Zoo in Monroe.

“He built aquariums and cages for the critters, and they took sick ones home and nursed them, and he was quite the animal lover – lots of them,” she said.

Broyles grew up in the Spokane area, one of five children in the family. He ran track in high school and community college.

He lived with his girlfriend, Marsha Motsenbocker, in a motor home, just up the road from where he died. He was walking home from the Index Arts Festival the night of his death.

He loved his girlfriend. He loved the Skykomish River. His memorial was held on its banks.

A second family memorial was held on the Pend Oreille River, near the family’s vacation home where Broyles spent many a weekend and summer. An 18-foot maple tree was planted at the property in his memory last fall. An old pair of his shoes sits underneath, alongside a granite plaque.

Broyles was a talented carpenter, his mother said. He worked for a time installing windows with his brother. He worked at a custom cabinetry shop. He worked in manufacturing.

“He was always doing somebody’s porch or roof, to help people, to make a few dollars,” Libby said. “He was just a kind person. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”

Sometime before Broyles died, his friend and local artist, Dean Shepard, made an oil painting of him and Charlie. After the death, Shepard gave the painting to Broyles’ girlfriend. She shared copies with the family.

“That’s the picture we used in his memorial service and that we all have on our desks,” Libby said.

Broyles also is survived by his son, Joby Broyles.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

A Mukilteo Speedway sign hangs at an intersection along the road on Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Long live the Speedway! Mukilteo’s main drag won’t be renamed

The public shot down the mayor’s idea to change the name: 77% voted ‘No’ in an online survey, with 95% opposed on Facebook.

Everett
Motorcyclist dies in crash on East Marine View Drive in Everett

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a motorcycle and a vehicle crashed into each other at the intersection of 11th street and East Marine View Drive.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Darrington in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Highway 530

Jeremy Doyle, 46, was riding east near Darrington when he crashed into the side of a car that was turning left.

The Marysville School District office on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
‘Financially insolvent’ Marysville schools to get unprecedented oversight

Superintendent Chris Reykdal will convene a first-of-its-kind Financial Oversight Committee, he wrote in a letter Tuesday.

Woodside Elementary Principal Betty Cobbs on Monday, June 17, 2024 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett’s first Black principal retires after 51 years

In her office, Betty Cobbs kept a black-and-white photo of herself at age 5: “I am right there, with dreams of becoming an educator.”

Junelle Lewis, right, daughter Tamara Grigsby and son Jayden Hill sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during Monroe’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
On Juneteenth: ‘We can always say that there is hope’

The Snohomish County NAACP is co-sponsoring a celebration Saturday near Snohomish, with speakers, music and food.

Granite Falls
Man, 35, dies from heart attack while hiking Lake 22

The man suffered a heart attack about 1½ miles into the 6-mile hike east of Granite Falls on Friday, authorities said.

36 hours after final show, Everett radio host Charlye Parker, 80, dies

When Parker got into radio, she was a rarity: a woman in a DJ booth. For the past 12 years, she hosted weekend country music shows at KXA.

Homeowners Jim and Chris Hall stand beneath their new heat pump, at right, inside their Whidbey Island home on Thursday, Sep. 7, 2023, near Langley, Washington. The couple, who are from Alaska, have decreased their use of their wood burning stove to reduce their carbon footprint. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish County to start ‘kicking gas’ in push for all-electric homes

Last year, 118 Whidbey Island homes installed energy-efficient heat pumps. A new campaign aims to make the case for induction stoves now, too.

Dr. Scott Macfee and Dr. Daniel Goodman outside of the Community Health Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett CHC doctors, feeling like ‘commodities,’ speak up on ailing system

At the Community Health Center of Snohomish County, doctors say they feel like “rats getting off a sinking ship.” They want it to get better.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Mountlake Terrace in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Man charged with shooting at ex-girlfriend, child in Mountlake Terrace

The man, 21, showed up to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and opened fire through the door, new court records say.

People walk along Olympic Avenue past Lifeway Cafe and Olympic Theater that currently hosts Lifeway Church on Friday, July 7, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington churches waged covert ‘battle’ against Pride event, records show

Sermons, emails and interviews reveal how an LGBTQ+ nonprofit became the target of a covert campaign by local evangelical leaders.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.