Kimberly J. McPherson makes her first appearance out of custody Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Tenino Woman’s Trial for Fatal Crash Set for February

By The Chronicle

A woman charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal crash on Christmas Eve last year is scheduled to go to trial in February 2018.

Kimberly J. McPherson, 51, of Tenino, was scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday morning in Lewis County Superior Court. 

However, she instead decided to continue with her defense and the trial date was set. 

McPherson was charged in March with vehicular homicide, possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin in connection to a fatal crash reported at 8:42 p.m. Dec. 24, 2016, near the intersection of Forest-Napavine Road and state Route 508 near Napavine. 

McPherson, the driver, was injured in the crash. Her passenger, identified by the Washington State Patrol as Thomas Lininger, 43, of Chehalis, was pronounced dead at the scene.