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Driver Pleads Innocent to Vehicular Homicide Charges

Katie Chapman3 years ago

A 33-year-old woman is being charged with vehicular homicide after driving under the influence of prescription drugs and killing another driver in Richland, Washington.

Details of the Fatal Richland Accident

  • According to the Tri-City Herald, Steven S. Covert, 50, of West Richland was killed after 33-year-old Natalie Michelle Lincoln struck Covert's car, killing him.
  • Lincoln stated that she reached down to adjust her cruise control, and the next second she looked up, the collision was upon her.
  • Lincoln is accused of being under the influence of prescription drugs after she missed a curve and crossed into Covert’s lane causing his vehicle to spin around and crash into another vehicle.
  • Covert was pronounced dead at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
  • Covert’s 15-year-old passenger and the other driver, Patricia Ammonet of Richland were injured and treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide

“(The Richland officer’s) conclusion was that (Lincoln) was under a combined influence of a central nervous system depressant and a narcotic analgesic and was unable to operate a vehicle safely.” – Police documents as published by the Tri-City Herald

A state trooper who responded to the crash said Lincoln was not impaired after she took a field sobriety test, but had taken several drugs the day of the crash.

However, Lincoln was treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center where additional tests indicated she was under the influence.

A drug recognition expert from the Richland Police Department concluded she was impaired and under a combined influence of a central nervous system depressant and a narcotic analgesic causing her to not operate a vehicle safely.

Lincoln was released Thursday without bail. Her trial is set on charges of vehicular homicide beginning April 21.

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