Franklin County authorities seek woman for skipping court

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldMay 14, 2013 

A 45-year-old woman is wanted for skipping court on allegations she was drunk when she failed to make the turn on an Interstate 182 onramp, flipping her car and seriously injuring her sister.

Katereena Estelle Klein is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with vehicular assault, a felony.

The charge first was filed in February, and Klein reportedly has been served several times with notice to appear in court.

After three failures to appear during the past month, including Tuesday, Judge Vic VanderSchoor issued a no-bail bench warrant for the Kennewick woman.

According to a Washington State Patrol report and court documents, troopers responded to a rollover crash at 9:30 p.m. April 28, 2012.

Klein was northbound on Broadmoor Boulevard and was entering the westbound ramp onto I-182 when her 2007 Mazda Miata hit a concrete barrier and rolled.

Troopers found the Mazda flipped over on its top. Klein was outside the car, but her older sister, Angela M. Korvola, was trapped in the passenger seat.

Firefighters and paramedics cut Korvola's seat belt to get her out, then took the women to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

Another motorist, who called 911 after coming upon the crash, told troopers she saw the driver crawl out of the Mazda.

Korvola said Klein was driving and took the onramp at a high rate of speed, documents said. She also claimed her sister had been drinking wine that night.

Korvola reportedly suffered a collapsed lung and had seven fractured left ribs.

An accident reconstruction investigation showed that Klein failed to negotiate the turn and struck the barrier, which caused the Miata to roll onto its roof and slide 60 feet before coming to a stop, court documents said.

Klein's blood was drawn after the crash since she had "an odor of alcohol on her breath."

Tests later came back from the Washington State Patrol Crime lab showing her blood-alcohol level that night had been 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, documents said.

Psychological profiles stall roommate case

The case of a 29-year-old Pasco man charged with killing his housemate remains in a holding pattern while lawyers sort out the results of different psychological evaluations.

Joseph W. Hart's case was continued to June 18 for another status hearing.

He is charged with one count of second-degree murder for the March 2012 death of Rodger A. Lincoln. The charge includes a domestic violence allegation because the men were roommates.

Hart has undergone evaluations not only to determine if he is competent to stand trial, but to see if he was insane when Lincoln was stabbed several times in the head and torso by a hunting-type knife.

Lincoln, 53, shared a home with Hart in the Sundance Mobile Home Park on North Elm Avenue.

Hart is a schizophrenic with an antisocial personality disorder, and has abused drugs including alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and LSD, a psychologist wrote in a previous evaluation in the case.

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