Man charged in deadly I-5 Ship Canal Bridge crash out on bail

The man charged in the I-5 crash that killed a University of Washington student last month was arraigned in court on Thursday. 

On May 24, 22-year-old Jordan Shelley pulled over on the right shoulder of I-5 at the Ship Canal Bridge due to car trouble around 4:30 a.m. He was standing outside his vehicle when he was hit by a speeding driver, who investigators later identified as 22-year-old Justin Kuo. 

The crash sent Shelley over the bridge into Lake Union, 180 feet below. Both cars flipped upside down.


I-5 crash in Seattle: Victim killed identified as 22-year-old man, UW student

A 22-year-old man, who was weeks away from graduating from the University of Washington, was identified as the missing driver who was allegedly killed by a suspected drunken driver Tuesday morning on I-5 in Seattle.

Divers recovered Shelley's body several hours after the crash.

According to prosecutors, Kuo admitted he was driving 70 to 80 mph just before the crash after spending the night drinking. He was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving.  

Prosecutors say he has a traffic violation history of speeding, but no known criminal record. 

Shelley's parents said he was set to graduate UW soon and was an EMT.

Kuo is out on bail. According to prosecutor's office, he is not allowed to drink or possess alcohol or be in a place where alcohol is present. He must also start alcohol monitoring upon his release.