Photos courtesy Joey Hopps Gerretsen.Manoj Siwakoti, a 20-year old Kent man accused of causing a deadly crash in Burien on Oct. 24, told police he was distracted by a GPS unit mounted to his windshield when he drove through a red light. SiwakotiÂ has been charged with vehicular homicide for the death ofÂ Lilliam Portillo, a 41-year-old mother, according to the Seattle P-I. As we previously reported, SiwakotiÂ rammed into the driverâ€™s side of a Toyota Corolla driven byÂ Portillo, killing her and injuring her 10-year old son. The tragic, two-car collision happened on eastbound SR 518 at the intersection of SR 509 shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. Police say that Portillo pulled into the intersection as the light turned green, then that Siwakotiâ€™s Nissan Rogue ran a red light and slammed into her car as she entered the intersection. The P-I says that Siwakoti claimsÂ that his GPS device told him to make a U-turn at that intersection. Read the P-I’s full story here.]]>
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