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Mother faces charges in accident that claimed girl

EVERETT - Six months after a North Bend woman allegedly tried to shoplift items from a Woodinville grocery store and then crashed her car into a tree while fleeing the scene, claiming the life of her 9-year-old daughter, the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office is charging her with vehicular homicide.

Anita Durrett, 42, was charged Dec. 4 in Snohomish County Superior Court. She will be arraigned Tuesday, Dec. 18, when she will enter a plea to the charge.

She reportedly tried to elude police June 9 after attempting to shoplift $266.16 worth of merchandise from the Albertson's store on the Woodinville-Duvall Road. A store manager and two other employees followed Durrett to the parking lot, where they confronted her.

She drove away with her daughter, LaDawna, and the two Albertson's clerks followed her.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, she drove at speeds up to 80 mph on 156th Avenue Northeast. She lost control of her car and crashed into a tree near 75th Avenue Southeast in Snohomish County. The clerks told police they did not see the crash.

The daughter was killed instantly after suffering severe head injuries in the crash, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said. Police said she had been wearing a seatbelt, but she was partially thrown from her mother's station wagon. Durrett was seriously injured in the crash and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

If convicted, Durrett could face up to 12 years in prison.

She is the second Valley woman in recent weeks to be charged by prosecutors following an automobile accident. Debra Acey, 40, of Snoqualmie, on Dec. 3 pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court to charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault after allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 Nov. 18 and causing an accident that killed 20-year-old Erin Klotz, a student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

Another woman, 20-year-old Tracey Fischer, also a student at CWU, was seriously injured in the crash, near Exit 27 on I-90.

Police said Acey's blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident was 0.3.

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