A man charged in a fatal car accident Saturday in Poulsbo showed signs of being drunk, police said, and said the car he hit “suddenly” stopped in front of him.
Andrew Ole Monsaas, 28, was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court on Tuesday with one count of homicide while driving a vehicle in the death of Stone R. Wickham, 19, of Poulsbo. Monsaas pleaded not guilty.
Wickham was driving a Toyota Prius when police said his car was struck around 11:34 p.m. by Monsaas, driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck, near the intersection of Lincoln Road and Pugh Road. A Prius passenger with Wickham was injured and transported to Tacoma General Hospital.
“Stone was loved by everyone he came in contact with and little children gravitated to him and his fun energy,” one of Wickham’s family members wrote on a page gofundme.com. “It was such a joy to be with him and we will miss him so much. Our hearts ache, but we are so grateful to know that families are forever and that Stone is with his family on the other side of the veil.
In a police interview, Monsaas said he was driving east on Lincoln Road when the Prius “suddenly” stopped in front of him. He said he was going about 28 mph on the 25 mph highway.
Damage to the Prius and road surface indicated that Monsaas’ truck was traveling at a “high speed”, an investigator wrote in court documents, and a witness told officers he heard the sound of a vehicle traveling at a “high speed”. » just before the accident.
Investigators reviewed surveillance footage of the area showing the Prius “slow driving and braking as it approached NE Lincoln Road, contradicting Andrew’s statement that the Prius suddenly pulled out in front of him,” an officer wrote.
When he asked that Monsaas be released from jail without bail, his attorney, Adrian Pimentel, argued that Monsaas had long-standing family ties to Kitsap County, no criminal record, lives in Poulsbo but is originally from Kitsap County. Bainbridge Island and worked for his father’s excavation company.
“There is no indication that Mr. Monsaas would be a danger to anyone,” Pimentel said, noting that he has strong support from family and friends who attended the hearing. tuesday. He called the accident “tragic”.
Investigators at the scene wrote that Monsaas was “unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot and watery eyes, droopy eyelids, and the smell of alcoholic beverage on his breath.”
Monsaas said he had two drinks at a friend’s house and refused to participate in field sobriety tests or an impaired driving investigation, the officer wrote.
Pimentel said he doubted road markings or damage to the Prius could be used to determine how fast Monsaas was moving and said there were omissions in Poulsbo’s police report, as no mention if Wickham had stopped before passing the stop sign or other signs of weakening. He also asked that Monsaas not be banned from driving.
Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Kiewik asked that Monsaas’ bond be set at $250,000, saying the injured passenger remains at Tacoma General Hospital and Monsaas’ picks on Saturday indicate he “would endanger other drivers.” on the road”.
Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Bill Houser said he would not try the case at arraignment and set Monsaas’ bail at $250,000. One person was killed, Houser said, and “that’s reason enough to (demand) $250,000 bail.”
Further investigation into the crash is being conducted by Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office collision investigators.