Prosecutor charges Auburn man, 41, with vehicular homicide in death of bicyclist

The King County Prosecutor claims an Auburn man may have been on his cellphone when he struck and killed 57-year-old bicyclist Constantin Dragomir on the afternoon of June 2, 2018.

On Feb. 14, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Amy J. Freedheim charged 41-year-old Jorge L. Alvarez-Galaviz with one count of vehicular homicide.

According to Auburn Police and court records, this is what happened:

At about 3:20 p.m. on June 2, Alvarez-Galaviz was driving on Auburn Way South when, “grossly distracted,” he failed to notice exactly why traffic was slowing as he approached a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Auburn Way South and Fir Street Southeast, complete with flashing LED lights and a bicyclist in the crosswalk.

Instead, according to Auburn Police, Alvarez-Galaviz passed several cars at an estimated speed of 35 mph – the posted speed – and plowed into Dragomir, then in the outside eastbound lane, throwing him about 53 feet onto a concrete sidewalk. Dragomir sustained catastrophic injuries and died on the way to a hospital.

According to court records, Alvarez-Galaviz refused any blood draw at the scene but showed no signs of impairment during field sobriety tests, though he admitted to having smoked a bowl of pot that morning. The substance was found in his vehicle.

An investigation also showed no mechanical failure of Alvarez-Galaviz’ vehicle.

“He had ample opportunity to see and stop for the cyclist and gave no explanation for his distraction,” Freedheim told the court in her request for $50,000 bail.

“Further investigation indicates that he was likely on the phone or had just been on the phone before the crash. A phone call was determined to have been made within a couple of minutes of the crash and the charging cords were found in (the) driver’s compartment. This would account for his gross distraction and failure to take any evasive actions acknowledging the active crosswalk with plenty of time to do so.”

Freedheim said Alvarez-Galaviz did not have a valid driver’s license on his person or any liability insurance at the time of the accident.

Indeed, Freedheim said, police had cited him for those deficiencies on June 1, and he claimed that he had been coming from the Department of Licensing office on the day of the accident.

The event was captured on video.

More in News

If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. File photo
Lawmakers propose sweeping regulations for vaping industry

Bill supporters cite concerns over health issues and teen use.

Irwin introduces legislation to create database system relating to concussion rates in high school sports

Rep. Morgan Irwin has introduced legislation to create a centralized database system… Continue reading

Senate passes Wilson’s comprehensive sexual health education bill

The teaching of science-based, age-appropriate sexual health education would be expanded to… Continue reading

Former Todd Beamer High School nurse charged with child rape, sexual misconduct of 3 students

51-year-old Mark David Glenn, of Auburn, posted bail and was released from jail.

A proposal by Senate Democrats would require concealed pistol license applicants in Washington state to complete a safety course. File photo
Democrats seek firearm training requirement for concealed carriers

Republican senator calls proposal ‘unconstitutional.’

Case of 2019 novel coronavirus confirmed in Washington state resident | UPDATE

Man in his 30s is the first person known to be infected; he arrived in Snohomish County after traveling from China

Wilson bill would address critical needs of early learners

Early learners would get the assistance and support they need to avoid… Continue reading

Matt Marshall, leader of the Washington Three Percenters gun rights group, addresses a crowd rallying for Second Amendment rights Jan. 17 at the state Capitol in Olympia. Marshall condemned Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, which expelled Rep. Matt Shea from the Republican Caucus. Marshall announced his candidacy for the 2nd District seat held by House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service
Gun rights advocates rally at Capitol

Criticism levied at Matt Shea investigation, Republican leadership.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (center) announced a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in a press conference Jan. 2. Debbie Warfield of Everett (left) lost her son to a heroin overdose in 2012. Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki (right) lost her son to an overdose of OxyContin in 2017. They are joined by Rep. Lauren Davis of Shoreline (second from right), founder of the Washington Recovery Alliance. (TVW screenshot)
AG Bob Ferguson talks lawsuits, gun control

Washington state Attorney General stopped by Sound Publishing’s Kirkland office.

Most Read