A 6-year-old Aberdeen, Washington, girl — Kiahna Howard — has been killed in a Aberdeen-area two-car accident when the mini-van she was riding in and driven, by a 52-year-old woman who has been identified as either her grandmother or her aunt, collided with a truck.
The Seattle Times reports that the minivan had veered out of its lane and the driver over-corrected and went into path of a truck.
The Kiahna was ejected from the van in the motor vehicle accident; she did not appear to be properly restrained. Washington State’s child restraint law (RCW 46.61.687) holds the driver responsible for properly securing all children under the age of 16. Children under the age 13 are to ride in the backseat where it is practical and children under the age of 8 or under the height restriction of 4’9″ must use a child restraint.
The driver was also ejected from the minivan in the accident and she is in satisfactory condition at a hospital.
Police believe that the minivan driver may have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. If it is determined based on a blood test that she was impaired, she may be charged with Vehicular Homicide. Washington state vehicle code RCW 46.61.520 provides that a driver can be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person dies of their injuries received in a car accident and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.
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