- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - A suburban real estate agent accused of causing a Lake Washington boat collision that killed a teacher and injured two other people has been ordered held on $500,000 bail.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/Jvy4y5 ) that a judge on Friday found probable cause to hold 46-year-old Richard Hicks of Renton for investigation of one count of homicide by watercraft and two counts of assault by watercraft.

Prosecutors allege in court papers that a 25-foot motorboat operated by Hicks was traveling at high speed Wednesday night on the lake when it collided with a 21-foot sailboat carrying seven people. Three people from the sailboat were tossed into the water, including 33-year-old Melissa Protz. The King County medical examiner’s office says she died of multiple fractures.

Two other sailboat passengers were taken to a hospital; one remained hospitalized Friday.

According to court papers, police said they could smell alcohol on Hicks’ breath. They said his eyes were red, bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred. It was not immediately known late Friday whether he was represented by a lawyer.


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide