Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bonney Lake Pastor and Worship Leader Killed in Head-on Crash

Bonney Lake Pastor and Worship Leader Killed in Head-on Crash ---
tags:  Attacks on Clergy, Churches, wrong-way crash, musician

1 killed, 1 arrested September 6, 2010 Bonney Lake Pastor and Worship Leader Killed in Head-on Crash A horrific crash in Pacific claimed the life of a Pastor Sam Stevens. The talented musician had been pastor and worship leader at the East Point Church in Bonney Lake, Washington for four years. He was due to be married in two weeks. At 2 a.m. he was returning home after dropping off his sister and brother-in-law when a Ford F-350 pickup truck crossed the center line on Stewart Road and slammed head-on into his tiny Toyota Echo. Joseph McNeil was charged in Stephens' death and eventually pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. McNeil told police he only had a couple of beers, but police found he was drunk when he crashed. He was sentenced to 31 months or more than two years in Pierce County Jail.

source Congregation remembers youth pastor killed in Pacific crash Sep 6, 2010

A Sumner man pleaded guilty this week to vehicular homicide for a drunk driving accident that took the life of a youth pastor. September 6th, 2010 30-year-old Joseph Patrick McNeil of Sumner, Washington was driving west on Stewart Road Southwest shortly before 2 a.m. when he crossed the center line. His 4×4 struck a small sedan head on killing 24-year-old Samuel Stephens at the scene. Police reports from the scene of the fatal drunk driving accident claim that McNeil displayed signs of intoxication when they arrived on the scene. Reports indicate McNeil’s eyes were watery and bloodshot, his speech was slurred and alcohol was on his breath. McNeil had also admitted to consuming beer at a local bar before the accident and had told police he was driving eastbound on Stewart before the accident which was not what witnesses claimed.
In a hearing on Tuesday, March 15th McNeil pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide charge in the fatal drunk driving accident he will be sentenced in court on March 31st.
The man killed in the fatal drunk driving accident, Samuel Stephens, was a youth pastor at EastPointe Church in Bonney Lake. He died just two weeks before his wedding day.
A man convicted in the death of a worship pastor for Bonney Lake EastPointe Church was sentenced Thursday to more than two years in Pierce County Jail.

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