An expectant father – a brilliant game developer is dead – two young men are dead, and three women are injured, one of them pregnant, because of a horrible decision by one young woman to get behind the wheel when she was possibly intoxicated.
Seattle’s KOMO News reports that Jordyn B. Weichert, 21, of Oak Harbor, was driving a Chevrolet Blazer on Saturday night when she lost control of her vehicle while attempting to remove her sweater and crashed into a Subaru driven by Brian R. Wood, 33, of North Vancouver, B.C.
Killed in the car accident were Wood and two male passengers riding in the back seat of Weichert’s blazer, Jacob D. Quistorf, 25, and Francis C. Malloy, 26, both of Oak Harbor.
Injured in the car accident were Jordyn Weichert, her front seat passenger, Samantha R. Bowling, 22, of Oak Harbor, and Wood’s wife, Erin E. Wood, 31, who is six months pregnant.
Erin Wood’s credits her husband for saving her life and her unborn baby’s:
All the policeman say that if we had hit the car head-on all of us would be dead. At the very last second (Brian) braked really hard and turned right so that he would be put in the path of the SUV and not me and the baby, and that is the only thing that saved us both.
Weichert faces charges of Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault in the accident because investigators believe she was under the influence of drugs at the time. Bowling may also face charges with the same offenses because she held Weichert’s steering wheel while Weichert removed her sweater.
Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.520 allows the state to charge a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly, or driving without regard to the safety of others may be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person dies in a motor vehicle accident caused by the DUI driver. Vehicular Assault may be charged if a person is seriously injured in the accident.
In additional to criminal charges, the family of the deceased to file a wrongful death statute.
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 by drunken drivers and the family of those killed.