Teen accused in Hockinson vehicular homicide appears in court

Bail set at $200,000 over concerns he might flee to Ukraine, where family members live

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter


Updated: March 6, 2013, 5:29 PM


A Vancouver teenager appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on accusations of vehicular homicide in connection with a crash east of Hockinson early Tuesday that killed a teenage friend.

Yuriy V. Tasmaly, 18, was held on $200,000 bail because of concerns that he would flee the country and go to family members in Ukraine.

He is scheduled to be arraigned March 20 on charges of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run death and theft of a motor vehicle. Additional charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and driving with a suspended license are also being considered by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Judge Daniel Stahnke appointed Jack Peterson to defend Tasmaly.

Tasmaly wore shackles and a green suicide smock, designed to prevent inmates from fashioning the garment into a noose, and appeared stoic during the hearing.

About 10 mutual friends of Tasmaly and victim Mikhail L. Golovach, 18, of Vancouver attended the hearing. One said that the group knew each other from church and school but did not wish to elaborate.

Emergency responders found Golovach dead early Tuesday in the passenger’s side of a BMW M3 E46 sedan, which had crashed into a tree near the 26000 block of Northeast Rawson Road.

The driver was missing.

After searching the area for about 90 minutes, Clark County sheriff’s deputies found Tasmaly in the Larch Mountain area, two miles away from the crash scene, according to a probable cause affidavit. Tasmaly had injuries from the crash and was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for evaluation.

He remained at the hospital to sober up, and was then booked into the Clark County Jail, according to the affidavit.

Tasmaly has a history of reckless driving in Washington and driving under the influence in Oregon, both in 2012, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

During an interview Tuesday with a sheriff’s deputy, Tasmaly referred to Golovach as his best friend, according to the affidavit.

This is what led up to the accident, according to the affidavit:

Tasmaly admitted to drinking no more than five beers Monday evening and had his last one about an hour before the collision.

He said he took the BMW belonging to friend David Davidyan for a joy ride without permission while Davidyan was asleep at the second residence of Tasmaly’s parents, where a group of teens were staying. The vehicle is registered to Davidyan’s mother, Rodika Davidyan, who also had not given Tasmaly permission to drive it.

Tasmaly said he felt that David Davidyan wouldn’t mind that he borrowed the vehicle, but Davidyan had made a 911 call reporting it stolen. Tasmaly also admitted to taking a cellular phone belonging to a friend named Tony.

He said he couldn’t remember what caused the collision. He said he fled the crash scene because he was scared, but returned to check on Golovach.

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