Vehicular homicide charges filed in deadly 2012 wreck on Highway 12

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WALLA WALLA — A driver involved in a 2012 head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 that killed two people faces homicide charges.

An arrest warrant on two counts of vehicular homicide was filed in Walla Walla County Superior Court on Monday for Henry L. Thacker, 39, whose address was unknown,said Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle.

He also faces two counts of vehicular assault in connection with injuries to other people in the crash.

According to a probable cause statement filed in Superior Court, Thacker was in a no-passing zone attempting to pass a car while driving west on Highway 12 about four miles east of Wallula junction. His 1997 Toyota Corolla collided head-on with an eastbound Dodge Intrepid.

The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2012, with the weather clear and the roadway bare and dry, police said.

Two women riding in Thacker’s car died as the result of injuries suffered in the crash. Ruth E. Garcia, 36, of College Place was pronounced dead at the scene and Angelique Garcia, 37, of Pasco died Oct. 15 at Kadlec Medical Center.

Two children also in Thacker’s vehicle, Andres Medina-Garcia and Justino Garcia, were injured as was the driver of the Intrepid, Lynda G. West of Richland.

The two vehicular assault charges against Thacker are for injuries to Medina-Garcia and West, who sustained substantial bodily harm, according to court documents. Justino Garcia, suffered lesser injuries.

Thacker sustained severe leg injuries, police said.

According to the probable cause statement, a test of Thacker’s blood taken after the accident of showed no evidence of alcohol or narcotics.

The arrest warrant for Thacker was issued by Superior Court Judge Scott Wolfram, who set bail set at $100,000. At the time of the crash Thacker had been a Walla Walla resident, but Nagle said today that Thacker has since moved and he did not know his current address.

After his arrest, Thacker will have a first appearance in Superior Court where he will be advised of the charges and have an attorney appointed if he cannot afford one, Nagle said.

The judge will also address conditions of release. An arraignment on the charges will then be set for two weeks after the first appearance.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

Comments

Hersey 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm confused here. He killed two people and injured two (he doesn't count). He has now left the area and no one knows where he is. When (If?) he is arrested, the court will also address conditions of release. What, so he can take off again, and not return for his trial. That is absolutely absurd. He should be locked up until his trial.

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