REDMOND, Wash. -- A family is still grieving after their loved one was killed in a devastating car wreck, and still waiting for justice one year later.
Police say the man who was supposed to stand trial for killing Michael Ey is on the run once again. Ey’s family is outraged.
“We’ve been dealing with this now for a year, we need it resolved. We need an end to this part of it,” says Irene Ey, Michael’s mother.
“This is really getting to be beyond belief,” adds his father, Robert.
A driver rear-ended Ey as he sat in his car at a red light near Highway 520 in Redmond in February 2015. Police say Robert Malsch was intoxicated and speeding when he slammed into Ey’s car at 100 mph. Malsch tried to run, but a K-9 found him hiding in some bushes nearby.
“One to be driving that fast, two to be that drunk, and three to then run away from it all? I just can't understand it,” says Michael’s longtime girlfriend Kelley Piering.
Malsch’s vehicular homicide trial was supposed to start Monday. He showed up, then fled after hearing the prosecution was requesting he be remanded back into custody for a recent shoplifting arrest in Lynnwood.
Ey’s friends and family are trying to remember his spirit. Irene Ey says her son had been an engineer from a young age, building models and drones in his personal time and futuristic gaming systems at Microsoft.
“I felt that he was really in the prime of his life,” she says. “He had success with the HoloLens project and he was happy in his work.”
Now they must wait, as the hunt for Malsch intensifies.
“Get him caught, get him off the streets so he can't hurt anybody,” says Piering. “Because he's already taken everything from me. I don't want him to do that to anyone else.”
Redmond police and the U.S. Marshals say Malsch might be in Seattle, Lynnwood or Arlington. Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest. Their tip line is 1-800-222-TIPS.