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State sued over fatal crash involving ex-con

Associated Press - December 27, 2008 1:55 AM ET

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state is being sued over a fatal crash in which an ex-con admitted driving drunk the same day he was released from jail.

The case was brought by James Kenneth Simpson, the husband of Carol Simpson, and their two children, Laura Jean Bridgham and Gregory James Simpson.

Carol Simpson, a 53-year-old assistant librarian at Eatonville High School, died in a rush-hour collision in Puyallup on Oct. 20, 2005.

The other driver, Michael Joshua Dyer, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and is serving more than six years in prison. Authorities wrote that he had gotten drunk within six hours after he got out of jail, where he was being held for violating probation, and was driving without a license.

The lawsuit accuses the state Corrections Department of improperly supervising Dyer.

Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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