The Seattle Times reports that a 21-year-old Renton man was killed in a Bellevue car accident early Saturday morning around 12:20am. The man was riding in the front passenger seat of a BMW that crashed into a jersey barrier on the on-off ramp at NE 6th street and Interstate 405.
A female passenger, a 19-year-old Renton woman, who was riding in the rear seat was critically injured in the accident and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a Level I trauma center.
The 31-year-old driver of the black BMW, initially attempted to flee the accident scene but Bellevue police were able to apprehend him and he was taken to Harborview as well.
The driver of the BMW will be charged with Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide. Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.520 allows the state to charge a driver with Vehicular Homicide if he or she was driving under the influence of alcohol and was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which a person was killed.
Vehicular Homicide and Assault charges are very serious crimes which require mandatory mail or prison time. Mandatory sentencing guidelines for Vehicular Homicide was just increased by the Washington State legislature to 78-102 months if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Every year upwards of 34,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year and a third of those deaths can be attributed to alcohol. In half the car accident deaths attributed to alcohol, the driver had a BAC of .15% and higher which is nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol.
What to do if your car accident was caused by a drunk driver
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunken driver or if a loved one has been killed, you’ll want to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer will work to get you the compensation you deserve to compensate you for your injuries or the death of a loved one.
Your case is important to The Farber Law Group
Herb Farber and the attorneys in the network of The Farber Law Group provide a FREE case consultation to people seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. If your injuries are serious and you cannot come to see us, we can arrange to visit you at Harborview Medical Center, Overlake Hospital Emergency & Trauma Center, Evergreen Hospital or one of the other trauma centers throughout the state. We have represented injured car accident victims for more than 30 years and we believe every injured person should have access to legal advice. We provide a FREE and confidential case evaluation.