A Spokane man accused of causing a drunken crash that killed his passenger is a leader in the addiction recovery community and is studying to get his master's degree at Whitworth University, his girlfriend said today.
Michael Shane Lindsly, 46, appeared in Superior Court today via video from the jail, where he was booked after being treated at a hospital for injuries sustained in the Aug. 9 crash.
A vehicular homicide charge was filed against Lindsly on Thursday.
His bail was set at $100,000 today after Judge Michael Price heard from his girlfriend, Lacey Jones. Defense lawyers did not ask for a lower bond.
Lindsly is accused of crashing a 2002 Mercury Sable and killing Blair C. Riding, 31, while speeding on Broadway Avenue at Alki Way.
Witnesses said the car appeared to be going at least 70 mph. Police say they smelled alcohol in the car and on Lindsly’s breath.
Riding, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.