A driver who crashed into and killed a Yelm motorcyclist Wednesday morning in Kitsap County has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, according to a Kitsap Sun report.
Michael Keen, a 58-year-old Silverdale man, was charged Thursday after prosecutors alleged he was driving both recklessly and intoxicated, the Kitsap Sun wrote, citing charging documents.
Witnesses said Keen was driving erratically before the crash, the documents said, and Keen admitted fault for the collision. Keen also told Washington State Patrol troopers he had taken the drugs Lithium, Xanax and Ambien hours before the crash.
The crash occurred just after 10 a.m. when Keen’s vehicle crossed the center line on state Route 3 near Poulsbo, and struck 76-year-old Yelm resident Arthur Giddings on his motorcycle. Giddings was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keen was taken to a Bremerton hospital and later booked into Kitsap County Jail.
According to the Kitsap Sun, Keen pleaded guilty in 2015 for illegally growing marijuana, and was convicted in 2013 for second-degree arson.