A 25-year-old man driving a stolen car collided with a car and injured a family of four in South Seattle last night around 6:00pm. Injured in the accident was a father, his 7-year-old son who was thrown from the vehicle, a 5-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl. The injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center and the 5-year-old and 12-year-old are reported to be in critical condition.
The chain of events began when a man stole a car near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello street according to the Seattle Police Department. The owner of the car got into another car and chased the car thief. A Seattle Police Department officer started following the vehicle on Rainier Av S near S. McClellan Street.
The car thief ran through an intersection at 23rd and S. Grand, striking a vehicle driven by a man with his three children on board.
The car thief was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of injuries. He will be charged with Vehicular Assault and grand theft auto and there may be other charges against him as well. Police found drugs including cough medicine and marijuana on the man.
Vehicular Assault is a serious charge and a person can be charged if a person sustained substantial bodily harm and the driver was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug.
Vehicular Assault is considered a class B felony and can result in a prison term of ten years and/or a substantial fine.
As a Bellevue car accident attorney, we have seen far too many victims of accidents involving drunk or negligent drivers. When a car accident results in serious injuries such as this family suffered, we understand that there are no words to express the trauma that this family has suffered.