Chehalis man faces vehicular homicide charges after head-on car accident kills Lacey woman near Rochester

A 22-year-old Lacey woman, Natalie J. McLaughlin, was tragically killed early Sunday morning when the car she was driving was involved in a head-on car accident on Highway 12 near Rochester. Rochester is about 25 miles south of Olympia, the state capitol.

According to a report in The Seattle Times, McLaughlin was driving her Chevrolet Aveo eastbound near Forstrom Road when a car driven by David W. Comfort, age 27, of Chehalis crossed the center line and hit her head-on.

McLaughlin was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Comfort was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. He will likely be charged with Vehicular Homicide.

Vehicular Homicide
, statute RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if someone dies in a car accident and a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.

In addition to criminal charges, the family of the deceased may sue the driver under Washington’s wrongful death statute which allows the family of a deceased loved one to file a suit against a person whose negligent or criminal act caused a family member’s death.


This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent victims of drunken driving and their families. We have more than 30 years experience in the Pacific Northwest in successfully representing families in wrongful death cases.

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