Suspected DUI driver with 3 kids in car kills motorcyclist near Lacey, troopers say

Judge orders Christopher Wade held on $100,000 bond for alleged drunk driving that lead to the death of an Olympia man. (KOMO Photo)

LACEY, Wash. - A judge ordered a man suspected of driving while intoxicated with three children in his car held on $100,000 bond. The man, Christopher Wade, allegedly killed a motorcyclist near Lacey Tuesday night.

Wade hit 33-year-old Danny Knowles of Olympia about three miles east of Lacey on State Route 510, at about 10:20 p.m., state troopers said.

One of the children in Wade's car, an 8-year-old boy, sustained a laceration and was taken to a local hospital. He is expected to recover. Wade and the two other children were unhurt.

A preliminary investigation found Wade, 36 years old of Lacey, was heading east on S.R. 510 in a red Mazda as the motorcyclist was heading west on a blue Yamaha.

The Mazda attempted to turn left onto a cross street and cut in front of the motorcyclist, causing the crash, troopers said. The motorcycle was thrown onto the cross street and the Mazda came to rest in the middle of the highway.

Wade was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, DUI and three counts of reckless endangerment - one count for each child, said Trooper Johnna Batiste.

S.R. 510 was closed at the scene for 3 1/2 hours after the crash for the cleanup and investigation.

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