The teenage driver of a Chervolet Blazer has been arrested after a roll-over single-car accident in Olympia killed one of his passengers and seriously injured another reports The Olympian. The car accident occurred around 12:30am on Mountain Air Drive in Olympia when the driver, Emil R. Swartling, age 18, lost control of the vehicle and hit a retaining wall causing the SUV to roll. Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the accident.
The report said that the front seat passenger Silas B. Turner, age 18, was killed at the accident scene. The rear seat passenger, Terrence Florence, age 18 of Lacey, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital.
Swartling was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He may be charged with Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide. Vehicular Homicide can be charged if someone is killed in a car accident and the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident or driving with reckless disregard to safety. Vehicular Assault can be charged if someone is seriously injured.
The comments on The Olympian blog make some very valid points. How did these teenagers procure alcohol? One blogger wrote, “Who handed them the loaded gun [alcohol]?”
In Washington State, the blood alcohol content (BAC) intoxication standard is 0.08%. A personal injury law firm that is experienced in representing the victims of drunken drivers will also investigate if a restaurant, bar or person supplied alcohol to underage persons and thus be liable for damages.
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