Driver of Car in Fatal Juanita Drive Crash Booked for Vehicular Homicide

The driver who police say was at fault and appeared intoxicated after the head-on collision has been identified as 41-year-old Kelly Hudson.


A 41-year-old woman who Kirkland Police say was at fault in a fatal head-on crash on Juanita Drive Tuesday night has been booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Kelly Hudson, whose hometown has not yet been released, showed signs of intoxication at the scene, Kirkland Police say. Furthermore, they say a police dispatcher was on the phone with a person reporting a “possible drunk driver” on Juanita Drive at the very moment of the crash.

Hudson was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and treated for minor injuries before being booked into the Seattle jail around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said she will likely face arraignment Thursday.

Hudson allegedly crossed the centerline at about Northeast 120th Street just before 9 p.m. Tuesday and crashed head-on into a car heading the other way with four occupants. A woman in that car was pronounced dead at the scene after Kirkland firefighters cut off the top of the car to rescue the occupants. None of the victims has been identified. The other three were taken to Harborview and EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland.

For the first Kirkland Patch story on the crash, .

Greg Johnston August 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
This must be so hard for you Marilyn. My thoughts are with the Kamm family too, and none of us here on Finn Hill have forgotten about you, and Carly. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Nick k August 18, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I sorry sir, I understand y u comment....spoke before I researched....but ms Hudson.... Not just a suspect..... We can play semantics.... We live in the USA do obviously there is a process.... But homicide isnt brought up if they think it was an accident or manslaughter... Prosecutor brought that charge based on any evidence and any witnesses. Guilty....
Katie M August 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I am a relative of the woman killed in this accident. Read all the articles on line about this accident and you will see that the driver didnt even make it out if her own driveway before she hit her own rocks and ripped off her bumper and kept on going as if nothing had happened. This woman made the decision to get behind the wheel. So yes I, we will be at all court dates to ensure justice is done. No family should have to be devastated by losing a family member in this way. This did not need to happen.
Katie M August 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM
This driver lives in the same neighborhood area as the woman who was killed. The victim was a kind, warm hearted woman who was a widow for many years. her compassion for animals knew no boundries. She will be missed by her family!!. No person has the right to be intoxicated and get into a car and kill inocent people. I am part of her family and I will be seeing this woman in court!!!
Katie M August 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Mrs. Hudson pleads absolutley not guilt at todays court hearing. If she was not guilty then why did she asked for a foam board to hide her face from the reporters... I really hope this time the courts do the right things and make an example of her. With the new guidlines she could get 12-14 yrs. What about my family what do we get? Oh thats right, we get to identify the body, plan a funeral, take over her personnel affairs, and never get a chance to say good bye or I love you! That's our sentence and it's for life! thankyou for all your thoughts and prayers donations can be made to her favorite cause PAWS in her name


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