A drunk man crashed into a car during a road rage incident and killed the other driver. The man blew a 0.328 – four times the legal limit.
Patrick Rexroat remains in jail on $50,000 bail for investigation of vehicular homicide. He is 56-years-old.
The man who tragically died was Steve Lacey, a software engineer at Google’s offices in Kirkland, father of two and husband. He and his wife just celebrated their 10 year anniversary.
The incident began when Rexroat followed a driver whom he believed had cut him off and he headed south down the freeway. He lost control of his vehicle after taking the NE 85th Street off-ramp. He flew across lanes and slammed into Lacey’s BMW.
Lacey died at the scene.
When troopers arrived to the scene, Rexroat was slurring his words and clearly displaying intoxicated signs.
Family and friends are devastated by the loss of Lacey.
Lacey was running to Costco to do an errand for his family when he was hit by Rexroat.
"He was an innocent bystander simply driving home from Costco," said friend Neal Karlinsky.
"And someone slams into him, ends his life, robs his kids of their father. For what?"
Rexroat admitted to being intoxicated, but his history only shows two traffic tickets in the past two years.
There is a fund established for Lacey’s children at Chase ban under the “Children’s Memorial Trust of Steve Lacey” account. Visit his memorial page on Facebook for more details.
Davis Law Group is devastated to hear of this tragic loss. We send our prayers and sincerest condolences to the Lacey family. Steve sounded like a wonderful father, husband, and friend.
Washington State Fatal Drunk Driving Death Statistics
In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions. One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher. In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.