A 29-year-old Vancouver man appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of vehicular homicide.
Judge Daniel Stahnke set bail at $100,000 for Michael Tataichy. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty had asked the court to set bail double that amount.
The criminal case stems from a single-vehicle crash Feb. 6 in Camas that killed an 18-year-old man.
Camas police officers and firefighters were dispatched at 12:13 a.m. to the 900 block of Northeast Third Avenue for a report of a serious traffic crash.
The Camas Police Department said in a news release that first responders found a Pontiac G6 on its roof with two people inside.
A passenger, Manson Juea, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified Tataichy as the driver, though his name was spelled Tatiachy. Police also said the two men were cousins, but Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said it is unknown if they are related.
“Speed was clearly a factor in the (crash). However, all other proximate causes are also being investigated,” police reported.
McCarty argued that Tataichy is a danger to the community and flight risk while addressing bail. The prosecutor said Tataichy recently moved from Hawaii, where he has a criminal history that is unknown because the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has been unable to access the out-of-state records.
McCarty also said Tataichy has a passport from Micronesia. Chuukese interpreter Lesther Muritok translated for Tataichy during the brief hearing. The state requested and Stahnke ordered that Tataichy’s passport be seized, though it’s unclear where it may be. Officers may already have the passport in evidence.
A court-appointed defense attorney asked for bail in the amount of $5,000, noting that Tataichy has remained in the community, supporting three children as a dishwasher, despite the possibility of charges.
This story will be updated.