Victims in Federal Way cross-over crash identified

The victims in Thursday nights’ Federal Way cross-over crash have been identified according to The Seattle Times. Killed in the accident were Robert Galaviz, 55, of Federal Way and Georgina Steele, 61, of Seattle. A 66-year-old passenger in Steele’s car suffered serious injuries and a 25-year-old Des Moines woman suffered minor injuries.

Washington State Patrol reports they have arrested a 51-year-old Puyallup man, who crossed over the center median near the 320th Street exit and struck four southbound cars. The man is suspected of being impaired at the time of the accident and he may be charged with vehicular homicide.

Vehicular homicide (RCW 46.61.520) is a statute that provides a driver can be charged if a person dies as a result of “negligent” operation of a motor vehicle. A driver is negligent if he/she was driving recklessly, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving without regard for the safety of others.

When a driver is charged with vehicular homicide, the family may also bring a suit for wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has received serious injuries, or a loved one has been killed due to an automobile accident, you should contact The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience in Western Washington representing automobile accident victims and families of wrongful death victims.