Guilty Plea Delayed for Castle Rock Man Charged in Fatal Interstate 5 Hit and Run

A Castle Rock Man charged in a fatal hit and run in April was scheduled to enter a guilty plea Wednesday afternoon, but the hearing was canceled.

David L. Huisenga, 44, was charged in April with hit and run involving a death and second-degree arson. 

The charges are related to an April 25 crash in which a Chehalis motorcyclist was killed. Huisenga has been in custody at the Lewis County Jail since he was arrested hours after the crash.

“The prosecution and defense are still negotiating,” said Huisenga’s attorney, Don Blair. 

Blair said a new hearing would be scheduled on Thursday. 

According to the Washington State Patrol, troopers received a report just after 5 a.m. April 25 of a crash involving multiple vehicles at milepost 80 of northbound Interstate 5 in Centralia. 

Michael T. Fields, 57, of Chehalis, was driving northbound when his motorcycle tipped over — presumably after contact with Huisenga’s vehicle — and slid across his lane into the shoulder. He was ejected and hit by a 2018 Freightliner semi truck. He died at the scene.

Investigators found a license plate matching Huisenga’s truck among the wreckage. The truck was later found after it had been set on fire near Winlock. Huisenga allegedly attempted to report the truck missing before admitting to being involved in the crash and setting the truck on fire, according to court documents.