Joyce Parsons, 79, of Kirkland was killed and Arthur Kamm, of Bellevue, was critically injured when they were involved in a head-on car accident on Juanita Drive late Tuesday night. According to news reports, there were two other people in their vehicle, both of whom were injured, one critically.
Kamm, according to his son, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is being treated for in the intensive care unit (ICU) for internal injuries and other injuries.
The Kirkland Reporter, in a report by Matt Phelps, says that Kelly Hudson, 41, crossed the centerline near NE 120th Street and struck the small sedan driven by Arthur Kamm head-on. Police are investigating Hudson for driving under the influence and believe the accident was caused by drunk driving.
The Seattle Times said that just prior to the accident, a witness called 911 to report Hudson as a possible drunk driver and the accident occurred while the witness was still on the phone with the 911 operator.
Vehicular Homicide can be charged if a person is killed in a car accident and the driver was under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or greater. Vehicular homicide is a serious offense and, if convicted, a person faces a sentencing range of 78-102 months.
The victims of drunk drivers may also pursue justice thru a civil suit seeking compensation for damages including medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages and sometimes punitive damages. Washington state allows the family of the deceased are entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their deceased loved one.
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 motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have died. We provide a free and confidential case consultation.