Two young men from Federal Way, who were to graduate from high school on Saturday, were killed in a car accident on Interstate 5 near Southcenter when the car they were riding in was hit by a suspected drunken driver on Wednesday night. The driver of the car they were riding in was also injured in the accident.
The Seattle Times reports that Nicholas A. Hodgins, 18, died of injuries he received on Thursday afternoon at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Derek King, whose birthday was today, was killed at the scene of the accident. Both young men were passengers in a Honda Civic driven by Anthony Beaver who suffered injuries in the accident but has been released from Harborview.
The accident occurred after the Honda the boys were riding in broke down. Beaver had turned on the hazard lights and had phoned police but the car was rear ended by a vehicle driven by Alexander Peder, 50, of Kirkland.
Peder had been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on two previous occasions, once in 1998 and once in 2007. In both of those cases, Peder pleaded guilty to lesser offenses. Now, he faces charges of Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault and may be arraigned in court on Friday.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the family of those killed. We aggressively represent the victims of drunken drivers and their families.