Joyce man charged with vehicular homicide after fatal wreck near Sequim

A Joyce man who allegedly caused a fatal wreck near Sequim has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Vance Mitchell Mattix, 50, was charged Monday, Oct. 23, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when he caused a collision that killed Andrew Courney of Sequim last Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Courney was 61.

Mattix will be arraigned in Clallam County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Clallam County sheriffs deputies said Mattix was visibly intoxicated after the crash and “smelled heavily” of alcohol, according to the affidavit for probable cause.

Mattix was driving northbound in a Ford utility truck and failed to negotiate the corner at Kitchen-Dick and Lotzgesell roads before the crash, deputies said.

He crossed the center line and collided with a westbound passenger van that Courney was driving, Deputy Michael Leiter said. The wreck occurred shorty before 3:48 p.m.

Leiter said in court papers that Mattix was staggering as he walked and that his eyes were watery and bloodshot.

Mattix initially said he had consumed a “couple” of drinks, Leiter said. Mattix stopped Leiter during a horizontal gaze test and said “just forget it, I’m drunk” and “take me to prison, my life is over,” Leiter wrote in the probable cause statement.

Mattix told the lawman that he had been in Bremerton on Wednesday and was returning home to pick up his children.

He said he had taken the corner too fast, lost control and hit the van, Leiter said.

Mattix had blood samples taken at Olympic Medical Center.

Courney was pronounced dead when he arrived at OMC.

Mattix is being held in the Clallam County jail on $50,000 bail.

Defense attorney Lane Wolfley filed a motion on Oct. 23 for approval of a property security bond for Mattix’s release.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour said he would need more information from Mattix before approving the $50,000 security bond, according to the minutes of the hearing.

Should he post bail or bond, Mattix would be required to abstain from drugs or alcohol, enroll in an alcohol monitoring program and surrender his firearms, among other requirements.

Mattix’s wife had retrieved her husband’s firearms from a safe and gave them to her brother for safekeeping, according to declarations filed Monday.

More in News

Sunnyside construction to close post office access briefly

Customers and nearby residents of the Sequim Post Office, 240 S. Sunnyside… Continue reading

Sidewalk and curb construction to begin Monday by Carrie Blake Park

Construction is set to begin Monday, March 26 along North Blake Avenue… Continue reading

Weather — March 21, 2018

Temperatures Date High Low March 13 57 45 March 14 47 38… Continue reading

Seven employees of Clallam County Fire District 3, Lee Forderer, left, Joel McKeen, Stefanie Anderson, Neil Borggard, Bryan Swanberg, Lee Oman, and Jack Hueter (not pictured) participated in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb fundraiser on March 11, that raises money to support the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Submitted photo
Fire District 3 climbs for a cause

Seven employees of Clallam County Fire District 3 participated in the annual… Continue reading

Sexual health education program suspended at Sequim Schools

Sequim School District recently halted a sexual health education program after Sequim… Continue reading

Conservation District gets kudos from North Olympic Land Trust

10th Annual Conservation Breakfast When: 9 a.m. Friday, March 23 Where: Vern… Continue reading

Community News Briefs — March 21, 2018

County commission to take up vehicle camping The Clallam County Planning Commission… Continue reading

Events set to promote Oil Spill Preparedness Month

The Clallam Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and its partners invite the public… Continue reading

Sequim balloon to fly in the Philippines

Sequim’s nonprofit hot air balloon, Dream Catcher, returns to Lubao International Balloon… Continue reading

Most Read