Kirkland Man Killed by SUV on 85th Street

The victim, Stephan J. Lacey, was a Google employee who formerly worked at Microsoft, the Seattle Times reported.

A 43-year-old Kirkland man was killed on NE 85th Street Sunday when his car was struck by an SUV driven by a Snohomish man who lost control while allegedly pursuing another vehicle off Interstate 405 in a road rage incident, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Stephan J. Lacey was killed by the impact while driving his BMW westbound on 85th in Kirkland Sunday at about 2 p.m. He was not involved in the road rage incident.

Patrick S. Rexroat of Snohomish, 56, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and booked into King County Jail after being treated and released from a local hospital. He allegedly was traveling southbound on 405 in a Hyundai Santa Fe and lost control after taking the eastbound 85th exit at a high rate of speed.

Rexroat said he was pursuing another vehicle he claims cut him off, State Trooper George Englebright reported in a news release. The State Patrol incident report stated alcohol or drugs might have been involved.

Rexroat's bail was set Monday at $50,000 in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to decide on charges against him.

Lacey, who worked at the Google complex in Kirkland and was British, leaves a wife, Nabila, and two children, Julian, 7, and Jazzie, 5. They live in the Everest neighborhood. The Seattle Times has reported that Lacey formerly worked at Microsoft on the Microsoft Flight Simulator and other games.

The State Patrol is urging anyone who might have witnessed the incident to contact the agency.

Both vehicles were totaled.


Patch free-lance writer Julie Arnan contributed to this report.


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