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Vehicular Homicide Sentencing

Wyatt Herres Wyatt Herres
William R. Keizer William R. Keizer

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of an 11-year-old was sentenced Monday.  A judge sentenced William Keizer to four years in jail and gave him credit for time already served. Kiezer admitted to drinking heavily before the crash.  


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"I knew I had too much to drink," says man jailed on vehicular homicide charge

William Keizer, 45, made his first appearance in Spokane County District Court Monday.  His bond was continued at $500,000.  Keizer is charged with vehicular homicide for the death of 11-year-old Wyatt Herres and vehicular assault for seriously injuring Jaret Herres after a two-car crash late Friday night.  Jaret is Wyatt's father and today Wyatt's grandfather told KHQ that Jaret is still at Deaconess Medical Center with serious injuries, including a broken pelvis and a punctured lung.

Court documents say Keizer was driving west on Trent when he crashed into the Herres' who were going east on Trent.  Wyatt was wearing a seatbelt and was sitting in the rear driver's side seat, he was pronounced dead at the scene.  Court documents say Wyatt's skull was crushed.  Wyatt's mother and brother were also taken to the hospital.

Keizer was arrested for DUI after an officer finished a field sobriety test.  Court documents say Keizer said he had been drinking since 3:30 that afternoon, the accident happened at 11:30 pm.

Keizer said he was drinking at the Little Bigfoot Tavern, his own home, and the Special K Bar.  He said he had at least 12 shots of alcohol that night and that most were tequila.  He also admitted to drinking an unknown amount of beer.

Court documents say Keizer stated quote "I just wanted to make it home. I knew I had too much to drink."


Confessed drunk driver pleads not guilty

Posted: Dec 28, 2007 05:24 PM PST

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man who admitted to drinking heavily before a crash that killed an 11-year old boy pleaded not guilty in Spokane Superior Court Wednesday. An omnibus hearing was set for February 7th, and a trial was set for February 25th.

William R. Keizer is charged with Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault.

He was released from the Spokane County Jail just before midnight Thursday. The Spokane County Jail website stated the reason as "no charges filed."

Police say Keizer was arrested for vehicular homicide in the DUI crash that killed Wyatt Herris four days before Christmas. He was held for 72 hours with probable cause, but police say he has not been officially charged because their investigation is incomplete.

Police say this doesn't mean that Keizer is simply free to go. He will officially be charged with vehicular homicide when all the blood evidence comes in.

Friday KHQ talked to Wyatt's grandfather about Keizer's release.


Man arrested in connection with deadly crash

Posted: Dec 22, 2007 09:33 AM PST

SPOKANE, Wa. - Right now a Spokane man is under arrest on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault following a late night crash that killed a child at the intersection of Trent and Mission in Spokane. When authorities arrived on scene they took 45-year-old William Keizer into custody on suspicion of DUI and transported him to the hospital where his blood was drawn to determine alcohol and/or drug content. Spokane Police tell KHQ that at approximately 11:30 pm Friday two vehicles collided at that intersection killing that child and injuring three others. Those three people were transported to area hospitals. So far there condition isn't clear.

The investigation is ongoing and police say more charges may be filed based on the injuries to the other victims.

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