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Renton man pleads not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges after deadly car crash on I-405 | UPDATE
The driver of a car that crashed into a barrier on Interstate 405 in Bellevue April 14, killing a 21-year-old resident, pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges Thursday.
The front-seat passenger was killed in the wreck, which followed an attempt by Viorel G. Palanchuk to flee police, according to court documents.
Police first saw Palanchuk's car, a black BMW, driving recklessly near Bellevue Square. According to court documents, Palanchuk failed to stop at a stop sign near the mall, and police attempted to pull him over. Palanchuk sped up to try and get away, and the officer fell back and turned off his lights but continued following. Officers saw the car run multiple red lights on Northeast Second Street. Palanchuk attempted to enter Interstate 405, and the car crashed into the barrier where Northeast Sixth Street dead ends.
The passenger in the front seat died at the scene, while another passenger, a female sitting in the backseat was screaming out in pain from a broken femur.
According to court documents, Palanchuk asked a witness to drive him away from the scene. He also resisted arrest.
According to court documents, Palanchuk smelled of alcohol, and toxicology results remained pending.