Man accused of killing tourists appears in court

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of fatally running over two German tourists at a southwest Washington swimming hole told police he had been drinking at a local restaurant prior to the crash.

Court documents show a preliminary breath test taken nearly four hours after the Tuesday afternoon crash in Washougal, Washington, found David Croswell had a blood-alcohol level of 0.085. In Washington, a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or greater is considered evidence of drunken driving.

Croswell, 71, faces two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts of hit-and-run resulting in death.

The Columbian reports bail was set at $500,000 at a court appearance Wednesday. He will be arraigned July 10.

Croswell’s court-appointed attorney, Shon Bogar, said his client has medical problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.