Michael Jordan, 22, was going 73 in a 45 and possibly chatting on a cell phone when he moved into the right lane to pass a semi on Airport Way near Boeing Field in the morning of May 30, 2013. But the semi had changed into the left lane to pass Darren Fouquette, 46, who was biking south about to cross the Seattle-Tukwila border.
Jordan pulled the emergency brake, but it was too late and he was going too fast. He struck Fouquette hard. After a day in the hospital, Fouquette died. He left behind a wife and four children in Gig Harbor.
Ten months later, prosecutors have filed vehicular homicide charges against Jordan, the Seattle PI reports. Cell phone records show he was talking on his phone “at or near” the time of collision. Combined with his very high speed, prosecutors say he was being reckless and thus deserves the very serious vehicular homicide charge.
He was arrested March 30 and held on $50,000 bail.
A Seattle driver suspected fatally ramming a cyclist while chatting on his cellphone has been charged with vehicular homicide.
King County prosecutors claim Michael Jordan hit and killed Darren Fouquette nearly a year ago in Georgetown. Investigators contend Jordan, 22, was certainly speeding and may have been on his phone when the wreck occurred.
Police estimate Jordan was speeding at 73 mph at 6:30 a.m. on May 30 when his Nissan Maxima slammed into Fouquette, 46. The speed limit in the 9400 block of Airport Way South – where Fouquette was hit – is 45 mph.