Father charged in racing crash that killed 7-year-old son

EVERETT, Wash. -- An Everett man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the 2012 racing crash that killed his 7-year-old son.

According to the charges filed May 1 with Snohomish County Superior Court, John Alves stopped his BMW behind another BMW at a red light on Evergreen Way around 6 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012. His son Josiah was riding in the passenger seat at the time as a reward.

Witnesses recalled seeing both BMWs accelerating quickly when the light turned green and Alves weaving in and out of traffic.

According to the charges, Alves attempted to pass the other driver, Jacob Friesen, but merged in front of him too soon, clipping his car. Police later determined the cars were traveling at approximately 50 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the collision.

Alves' BMW spun into oncoming traffic, where a minivan smashed into its passenger side, killing Josiah, according to the charges.

When police arrived on scene, Alves was reportedly acting impaired, and a subsequent blood test revealed THC in his system. He had previous convictions for possession of meth and marijuana a decade earlier.

Frieson, who is also facing charges, remained at the scene following the collision and told police, "I can't believe someone would drive like that with their kids in the car."

The driver of the minivan that struck Alves' BMW had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 at the time, according to the charges.

Alves is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.