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Driver facing five years for hitting family

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

A SeaTac man who was driving under the influence and hit a woman and her children on Marine View Drive in Des Moines last August is facing five years in prison on three counts of vehicular assault.

William T. Robinson, now 38, pleaded guilty March 19 to running into Kristina Moss of Des Moines and two of her children –– Zachary, 12, who suffered a severe brain injury, and Olivia, 8.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 2.

The family was walking home from a bicycle-riding outing when the accident occurred. A third child, Alina Moss, 10, wasn’t struck by the vehicle.

A friend of the family said in a prepared statement that the family dog, Happy, was injured in the collision.

The standard sentencing range for vehicular assault is 15 to 20 months, but King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng is asking the court for 60 months on each charge.

Robinson would serve all three sentences at the same time for a total of five years in prison.

Meanwhile, Robinson remains in custody at the Regional Justice Center on $1 million bail.

After Robinson hit the family, according to witnesses, he continued driving up the road to a pub. One man followed him and confronted him in the parking lot, told him he hit people and drove him back to the scene to await police.

Analysis of blood drawn from Robinson about an hour after the collision showed he had ingested alcohol, marijuana, Valium and OxyContin before getting behind the wheel, according to charging papers.

Olivia Moss received a brain injury that continues to cause memory problems, though she’s getting better, prosecutors said.

Kristina Moss’ arm was fractured and she suffered a foot injury in the crash.

Zachary Moss suffered a severe brain injury, according to charging papers. He is dependent for feeding, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, turning in bed and moving, and he can’t speak or communicate his thoughts outside of simple yes or no answers, authorities said.

Prosecutors say it’s unlikely the boy will ever be able to walk, communicate, dress himself, feed himself or use the bathroom without assistance.

In addition to the exceptional prison sentence, Maleng is asking the court to order Robinson to receive up to three years of probation, undergo drug and alcohol treatment and attend a DUI victims panel.

Maleng also wants the court to prohibit Robinson from possessing or consuming any alcohol or drug without a prescription and from entering a business where alcohol is the primary commodity for sale.

Maleng also is requesting that Robinson have an interlock device installed on his vehicle for a year after he is released from prison.

Staff writer Erica Jahn: 925-5565, ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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