Maple Hills student dies in Auburn car crash

January 7, 2014

By Staff

Maple Hills Elementary School kindergartner Stacey Holmes died Dec. 30 as a result of an Auburn car crash, Principal Sondra Maier wrote in a Jan. 3 email to parents.

Stacey, 5, died at Harborview Medical Center following a Dec. 29 collision at 2:30 a.m. on Auburn Way South near the Muckleshoot Casino.

Auburn police said the boy and his 9-year-old sister, Amaria Brown, a Maple Hills third-grader, were in a car driven by their mother’s 21-year-old boyfriend, who was driving up to 90 mph when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a large tree. Police said the children’s mother was not in the car.

Police said alcohol and speed are suspected factors in the collision, and the driver, who remains at Harborview in critical condition, could face vehicular homicide charges.

Amaria was released from the hospital and is at home, Maier wrote, and a third sibling, Maple Hills first-grader Tracey Holmes, was not in the car at the time of the accident.

“As we all process through this difficult situation and information, I wanted to let you know that we are prepared to meet student, staff and family needs here at school,” Maier wrote.

The school had extra staff members on hand as a means of support when students returned from break Jan. 6.

Parents were given the option to excuse their children from school, while onsite counselors were available for students, staff and parents.

The family started a fund to raise money for Stacey’s memorial at


Information from The Seattle Times was used in this story.


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