Appearing in court via Zoom from her bed in her Lake Stevens home, the woman accused of vehicular homicide in the roadside death of a 10-year-old girl north of Queets last year pleaded …
Appearing in court via Zoom from her bed in her Lake Stevens home, the woman accused of vehicular homicide in the roadside death of a 10-year-old girl north of Queets last year pleaded “not guilty” at her arraignment Friday in Jefferson County Superior Court.
Charlene Servis Bradshaw, 68, was charged earlier this month with one count of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault.
According to the Washington State Patrol’s initial investigation, Bradshaw had passed through Queets and was near Milepost 153 on US 101 just after 1 p.m. July 19, 2021 when her Toyota drifted off the road, went into an irrigation ditch, then came out of the ditch and struck the girls, who had been standing in a clearing next to the highway.
Bradshaw was not injured in the crash. She told the State Patrol she had been staying with a family member and was on the way to Forks to visit her sister.
Investigators later learned Bradshaw used a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine at home, and her medical condition requires her to use the machine at least five nights a week, but she told a detective she had not brought the machine with her from Lake Stevens during her visit with family.
Authorities also noted that her medical records said doctors thought she likely had a dependence on opioids and had recommended Suboxone near the end of 2020, then prescribed Oxycodone after Bradshaw had a cardiac arrest sometime in November/December 2020 and blamed it on Suboxone. She was then prescribed Oxycodone again, according to court documents.
A blood test taken from Bradshaw after the wreck that was tested by the Washington State Patrol Toxicology Lab revealed the presence of Oxycodone, Cyclobenzaprine, and Gabapentin.
During her court appearance Friday, Scott Charlton, her attorney, again noted Bradshaw was homebound and could not leave her bedroom.
He noted his client’s difficulty in traveling to the police station in Lake Stevens to be fingerprinted.
“She can’t get out of her house into a car for the present time,” Charlton said.
“She hasn’t seen half her house in the last three months,” he said.
Judge Keith Harper set Bradshaw’s trial for Jan. 9 to Jan. 12.
Harper said, somehow or another, the case would need to be resolved or come to a conclusion, regardless of Bradshaw’s ability to travel.
Arrangements need to be made at some point for her to appear in court, Harper said.
“I’m not going to be ... going up to Lake Stevens to hold a court session. And I don’t think anybody else will be, either,” Harper said.
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