Family fears court case could unravel if suspect flees to China
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Ricardo Perezchica quietly bent over to push away fallen leaves from a bench on a Bellevue beach. He keeps it clean because his fianc would have wanted that way. Only if she lived long enough to see it.
"She was the love of my life," he said as his voice trailed off.
His fianc Brenda Gomez died from complications of a brain injury after a car accident in November of 2012. Prosecutors say a Chinese national and student, Yichun Xu, 19, allegedly drove a newly purchased Mercedes-Benz at high speeds through residential neighborhoods of Des Moines before running a stop sign and crashing into Gomez's car as she and friends drove to a birthday party.
Xu pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and other charges last December and was ordered held in the King County jail on $2 million bail. The bail was set at a high amount due to fears that Xu would flee to China if released. The country does not extradite, but Xu's wealthy family paid to have him released.
The case faces multiple extensions, and Perezchica fears justice will not come quickly.
"You seem powerless. As if you can't do anything. You just go there and there are motions being filed," he said.
Earlier this year, the family dedicated the bench in Gomez's memory. Perezchica said his fianc loved the park in Bellevue.
"It's a place where I can come that no one can take away from me," he said.
Perezchica wanted to go public because he wants the justice system to speed up the case with so much on the line.
"For somebody to come and all of a sudden wipe her---wipe my dreams away, it's not fair," he said.