Vehicular homicide charged in Halloween pedestrian accident

75579_drunk_driving.jpgCody Money, 20 of Buckley, has been charged with Vehicular Homicide in the death of 16-year-old Justin Relethford who died in a pedestrian accident in October of last year.

Relethford was walking with his girlfriend on Highway 410 on Halloween night when he was hit and killed by Money’s pickup truck.

Vehicular Homicide charges were filed against Money after testing revealed that Money had Oxycodone and marijuana in his system.

Money admitted hitting Relethford with his truck but said he had looked down at his cell phone when veered out of his lane, hitting Relethford.

Drivers convicted of Vehicular Homicide, RCW 46.61.520, while driving intoxicated face a sentencing range of 78-102 months.

In Washington State, Vehicular Homicide is a Class A felony. It can be charged if a person was killed in an automobile accident and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The family of the deceased may also choose to file a Wrongful Death claim in civil court seeking damages for the negligent act that killed their family member. Wrongful death lawsuits are usually filed by the parents, wife or children of the decedent.