TUKWILA—The father of the only survivor of crash caused by a drunk driver on I-5 confronted the suspected in court today.
Lance Beaver, father of Anthony Beaver, tried to hold up photographs of the two high school seniors killed in the crash, friends of his son, to a glass partition in the courtroom.
Alexander Peder, the man accused of being behind the wheel of the car that slammed into the boys' disabled car did not look up at the photos or at the boy's dad. When Beaver realized he wouldn't look up, he shouted, "Look at me!" and pounded on the courtroom's glass partition.
"I wanted him to see the faces of the two boys he just murdered," said Beaver said after the hearing. "And he wouldn't look at us. He wouldn't. He murdered two boys. He hurt another. And he ravaged an entire community."
The parents of the two boys killed did not attend the bail hearing.
"I know the other parents aren't here today," Beaver said. "They just wanted to say that there's no amount of bail there's no amount of anything that's going to bring their kids back."
Students at Decatur High School are devastated -- mourning the loss of two classmates days before they were to graduate. Derek King died at the scene of a fatal car crash and Nick Hodgins died from his injuries Thursday afternoon at a hospital.
Wednesday night, a driver police say was drunk slammed into their car which had broken down on I-5. The crash killed Derek King instantly. Hodgkins passed away hours later. Their friend and driver of the car, Anthony Beaver, was the only survivor.
"My brother was a wonderful person. A kind hearted, giving, loving, wonderful person," says Nick Hodgins' sister Brandi Gleason.
At 6'3", Nick stood out from other teens and not just because of his stature.
"He was amazing, funny and had a great smile and beautiful blue eyes," says cousin Eryn Caessens.
Nick and his two best friends, Derek and Anthony, did just about everything together. They just celebrated their Senior Prom two weeks ago. Wednesday night, they were hanging out with other friends at Sky High Sports in Bellevue.
"I remembered seeing them in the parking lot and waving and saying good-bye and we'll see you at Red Robin. We were probably five to ten minutes ahead of them," says classmate Mikey Bowles.
Before Bowles ever made it to the restaurant, he got the call that Anthony was rear ended.
Anthony's Honda Civic had stalled and the boys were waiting for help to arrive when 50 year-old Alexander Peder slammed into them. Police say he was driving drunk. Derek was sitting in the backseat and firefighters say he was dead when they got there, one day before his 19th birthday.
Derek's dad tells us he was planning to spend the summer in Chicago interning at a restaurant. His true love was cooking, but he also loved golf, wake boarding and fishing.
"Derek was probably the happiest person I've ever seen in my life. He was goofy and enjoyed life to the fullest," says Bowles.
Nick was the front-seat passenger. He died Thursday afternoon at Harborview. His sister tells us he loved playing the guitar and wanted to go to the Seattle Art Institute to study sound production.
"I'm real angry. Innocent children lost their lives because somebody couldn't call a cab," says Brandi Gleason.
The driver of the SUV was also injured. He was released from the hospital and booked into the King County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Students plan to wear a special ribbon or patch on their graduation gowns Saturday. The ceremony is at 4:00 pm at the Tacoma Dome.
A public viewing for Derek King is set for Tuesday, June 15th at Bonney Watson Funeral & Cremation at 1535 S.W. Dash Point Road in Federal Way from 2:00-5:00 pm.