Rexroat Gets Four Years In Prison for Horrific Fatal Crash in Kirkland

Patrick Steven Rexroat had pleaded guilty in February to vehicular homicide in the crash that killed respected Google software engineer Steve Lacey of Kirkland on July 24.


Patrick Steven Rexroat of Mountlake Terrance was sentenced to four years in prison Friday for vehicular homicide and negligent driving in the horrific July 24 crash on Rose Hill that killed respected Google software engineer Steve Lacey of Kirkland.

Rexroat pleaded guilty last month after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, and King County Superior Court Judge Sharon Armstrong followed prosecutors’ recommendation for the four-year sentence.

Rexroat, 56, who had pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in August and was jailed on $1 million bail, has remained in the King County Jail since then.

Prosecutors charged that Rexroat was drunk and chasing another driver when he exited Interstate 405 and lost control of his SUV, crossing the centerline of NE 85th Street and smashing into Lacey’s BMW, killing him instantly.

Lacey, 43, who also worked as a programmer at Microsoft and Facebook and was well known in the industry, lived in Kirkland’s Norkirk neigborhood and left a wife, Nabila, and children, Julian, 7 and Jasmine 5.

Prosecutors said Rexroat’s blood alcohol level tested at 0.29 after the accident, which is more than three times the legal limit. They quoted a witness as saying that upon emerging from his totalled SUV, Rexroat began beating his chest "like a gorilla," then walked toward Lacey’s car. According to charging documents, the witness told Rexroat to get back, that the other driver was dead, and he responded by saying “eh” and walking away.

But Rexroat’s attorney, Tim Leary, said after the arraignment in August that the chest-thumping incident was likely being mischaracterized. He said Rexroat had no criminal history and suffered chest injuries in the crash, and was likely clutching and hitting his chest to catch his breath.

The state Legislature just days ago passed a bill increasing penalties for those convicted of drunk driving, and the Rexroat case helped build support for the bill. The bill will not become law until 90 days after the legislative session, but increases penalties for vehicular homicide by DUI to six to eight years for a first offense.

With good behavior and credit for time served, Rexroat could be free in 32 months, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.

rich buckman March 10, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Lets see, speeding, drunk,road rage, exhalting and chest beating, total disregard for another human life ( EH ), need I go on? This is a bully, some one who rages and uses physical force to make others do what he wants. PUNK!!!!!! Now he will know what it is to be helpless and afraid. For he is going to a place where there are REAL bad men, not bloated rude bluster boys, but hard core gangbangers. I do not wish death on him, but I would relish reading his obituary.
Nick Parsons March 10, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It's pretty obvious that all of our lives are considered cheap. Considering the perpetrator's behavior i.e. drunk (more than 3 times the legal level ), speeding, chasing someone (road rage) and exhibiting absolutely no concern for the dead driver, this was murder and should be treated as such. Imagine it happening to a loved one of yours. Should we all be "free" to have such a driver among us? Thanks a lot.
Gretchen Bennett Guethner March 10, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Generally speaking, the motorists of South Sno-Co have a reputation for a dangerous, entitled and aggressive style of driving. How reassuring to know that we in the region are safe from one of the murderous among them for a whole 32 months!
Jim Cavanaugh March 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Another man goes on with his life after he has taken another. What an injustice. The laws are so weak here in this matter. He should have gotten 3 times the sentence minumum and loss of driving for the rest of his life no matter where he lives. People have been sentenced to longer than that for possession of pot in the past. Go figure.
Rox-Anne March 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM
4 yrs, for takn a life? With no justice served, people in America are "literally" getting away with murder. Criminals who break the law do more time than someone who kills another human being. I don't comprehend the judicial system. It works for the favor of murderers and criminals.


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