Killer Of Burien Tow Truck Driver Pleads Guilty To Vehicular Homicide


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The King County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday afternoon that Shavelle M. Lewis pleaded guilty as charged to Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit and Run for the hit and run death of tow truck driver William A. “Tony” Padilla, of Burien, on I-5 in Seattle on September 24, 2010.

As we previously reported, Padilla was struck and killed by Lewis, who was impaired at the time, while hooking a vehicle up to his tow truck on I-5 near Spokane Street. Padilla, 51, was working for GT Towing in Seattle when he was killed.

Lewis, 21, will face a sentence range of 41 to 54 months in prison when she is sentenced May 20 before Judge Bruce Hilyer at the King County Courthouse.

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