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Federal Way man sentenced to 6 1/2 years in fatal DUI crash

A Federal Way man was sentenced on Friday to six-and-a-half years in prison for a DUI crash that killed a man last December. - Contributed
A Federal Way man was sentenced on Friday to six-and-a-half years in prison for a DUI crash that killed a man last December.
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A Federal Way man was sentenced on Friday to six-and-a-half years in prison for the DUI accident that killed a Tacoma man last December.

Jeffrey Lowell Waterfall, 56, who pleaded guilty in March to vehicular homicide, drove his Ford Mustang into a power pole on Dec. 23, 2013 in the 28900 block of Redondo Way South. The crash killed 52-year-old Kurtis D. Nevin, who was a passenger in Waterfall’s vehicle.

“On the night of this incident, he drank hard liquor and beer right up to the time he got in the car to take his friend for a drive,” wrote Dana E. Cashman, senior deputy prosecuting attorney, in an April 2 pre-sentence statement. “His friend was killed when the defendant struck a utility pole with such force that he sheered the pole completely.”

Blood testing showed Waterfall had a blood-alcohol content of .232, according to charging documents.

He also has a prior DUI conviction in 1979.

During the sentencing hearing, the judge also ordered Waterfall to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a future hearing, attend a alcohol/drug information school, attend a DUI victim’s impact panel and to submit to DNA testing.

 

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