Tacoma man charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in MVA accident that killed Shoreline man

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Richard J. Hohn, 26, of Tacoma, has been arrested and may be charged with DUI, Vehicular Homicide and illegal lane change in the motorcycle accident death of Ernest E. Geer, 33, of Shoreline on Saturday.

According to the report, Hohn was driving his Toyota 4Runner northbound on Highway 7 around 3:40pm when he attempted a passing maneuver on a curving stretch of the two-lane highway. He struck Geer who was thrown off his motorcycle and was then hit by another vehicle.

Police believe that Hohn may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Washington state motor vehicle code, RCW 46.61.520 “Vehicular Homicide,” says that a driver can be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person is killed in an accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others or driving recklessly.

When a driver is charged with Vehicular Homicide, he or she is tried by the State of Washington. In addition, the family of a person killed as a result of Vehicular Homicide can bring a suit for wrongful death.  The Washington state wrongful death statute allows the family of a person who was wrongfully killed to recover damages in a civil action on behalf of their deceased loved one.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience in handling wrongful death cases.

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