Father has emotional day in court facing man responsible for killing his son


    ASOTIN, WA - Meantime, officials say Lewis Erik Nedrow walked away with a scratch on his head.

    He was taken to the hospital, treated then released and booked into Asotin County Jail.

    Lewis Erik Nedrow appeared from jail Wednesday morning. He's charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Judge Ray Lutes set Nedrow's bond at half-a-million dollars. That outraged the victim's father.

    "Your honor, can I say something?" said victim's father. "That was my son that he killed, because he didn't have a driver's license and he was drinking. He shouldn't have no bond! He should be thrown in prison for his life, for killing my son and ruining my family."

    The heartbroken family then left the courtroom.

    Washington State Patrol is investigating this fatal crash. It happened on the intersection of Libby and Boston Streets, in Clarkston early Tuesday night. Investigators say the driver blew a stop sign, seen here flat on the ground, and crashed into a '89 Ford Crown Victoria.

    The driver of the Crown Victoria, 22-year-old Rocky Swartzfager, was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said his passenger, 19-year-old Cassandra Holloway was rushed to Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston.

    Medics took Nedrow's passenger 29-year-old Ian Sweeney to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston. As for Nedrow, he was treated and released from Tri-State for minor injuries.

    We've learned this isn't the first time he's had a run-in with the law.

    We dug into his criminal history and found he has a long list of cases from Nez Perce County and Asotin County. We found court documents dating cases back to 2003. In Idaho, Nedrow was found guilty of a hit and run accident, in 2008. In 2014, he was found guilty of driving without privileges. Over in Washington, in 2013, police arrested him on three warrants, failure to appear in court, driving with a suspended license, and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock. He was also arrested in 2007 for driving under the influence.

    "He shouldn't have no bond," said victim's father. "He should be thrown in prison for his life, for killing my son and ruining my family."

    About a year ago, prosecutors said Nedrow was released from jail on supervision for a DUI conviction. He was ordered to be on ignition interlock until February of 2016. The truck police say he was driving Tuesday night, did not have that.

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