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Kennewick Minister Charged with Vehicular Homicide

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Charges were filed Monday in Benton County Superior Court against the man who police said crashed into the car driven by Samantha Semmern. 

The 22-year-old West Richland woman died soon after the crash last August.

Charching documents say David Pleake was very drunk at the time of the crash. 

At the time of the crash, investigators found an empty beer can in Pleake's car and prosecutors said his blood alcohol level was a .20.  The level was almost three times the legal limit when it was tested.

Samantha was headed east on Van Giesen and as she started driving through her green light, eye witnesses said Pleake ran his red light on Highway 240 and slammed into the driver's side of Samantha's car. 

Pleake did not want to comment on the ordeal and his lawyer Jim Egan has not called us back despite repeated attempts.  Samantha's family said they're still processing the news.

Pleake is an ordained minister, and according to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, is a former elder at the church. 

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