A 32-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for a drunken-driving crash in Bellevue that killed one passenger in his car and injured another when his vehicle slammed into a concrete jersey barrier April 14.
Viorel Palanchuk pleaded guilty last month to vehicular homicide and reckless driving. The sentence range was 108 to 144 months in prison.
King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer sentenced Palanchuk to the upper end of the range – 144 months, or 12 years.
According to court documents, when Palanchuk’s BMW failed to stop at a stop sign near Bellevue Square Mall, police tried to stop his vehicle. Palanchuk sped up, ran multiple red lights on Northeast Second Street and crashed into a concrete barrier as he attempted to enter I-405, police said.
The passenger in the front seat, a 21-year-old Bellevue resident, died at the scene. A female sitting in the back seat suffered a broken leg, court documents said.