June 4, 1997 in City

Driver Arrested In Deaths Of Boys

Associated Press

A man whose car struck and killed two 6-year-old children and injured a third was arrested Tuesday and charged with vehicular homicide.

Tests showed John McKnight, 66, was intoxicated and speeding when his 1974 Cadillac struck Shakeem S. Satterwhite and Jimmy E. Goldsmith Jr. as they crossed Martin Luther King Jr. Way South on May 21, according to documents filed in King County Superior Court.

The accident resulted in public demands for a crosswalk or other traffic controls in the area.

McKnight, who stopped after the accident and agreed to a blood test, was arrested without incident at his home and booked into jail on a warrant setting bail at $25,000.

He will be arraigned later this week on two counts of vehicular homicide, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

The children who died and Josh Satterwhite, Shakeem’s younger brother, who had just turned 6, were headed to a pizza restaurant when they were struck.

Josh Satterwhite escaped with minor injuries.

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