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Driver who hit, killed cyclist, woman in house, sentenced

March 4, 2022 GMT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Marysville driver who pleaded guilty to killing two people, including a young cyclist and a sleeping 97-year-old woman, was sentenced Wednesday to about 22 years in prison.

Darwin Caldwell, 43, was driving a 1971 Chevrolet Impala in Marysville on Aug. 29, 2020. Around 2 a.m., a police officer reportedly saw him doing donuts in an intersection, the Everett Herald reported. Caldwell sped off and crashed into the bedroom of a duplex, according to charging papers.

The Impala hit the bed of Helen Reeder, 97, killing her. He hit Sudin Self-Johnson, 25, who was riding a bike outside. Self-Johnson died days later at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Caldwell pleaded guilty on Feb. 10 to two counts of vehicular homicide.

Under state guidelines, Caldwell faced a prison sentence of 17½ to 23⅓ years. Deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow and the defense agreed to propose about 21 years. Superior Court Judge Bruce Weiss ordered a term of 22 years and one month.

He noted the crash was not an accident. It was reckless driving and an intentional act.

However, Weiss told the courtroom: “The way it’s presented to me is he tried to assist these people. If that’s true, then he must have some goodness in his heart.”