A long-time employee of Bellevue-based Eddie Bauer corporation has died of her injuries after the car she was driving was hit by a wrong-way driver on Highway 520 near Montlake Boulevard early this morning.
Morgan F. Williams, 58, of Seattle, was hit as she drove her car eastbound on 520 around 5:30am. Williams was extricated from her Mazda Protege after the accident and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she died a few hours later.
The driver of the SUV that crashed into Williams was identified as Michael A. Robertson, 25, of Tacoma. He most likely will be charged with Vehicular Homicide in the death of Williams. Robertson suffered a leg injury in the accident.
As in a recent fatal DUI accident in which four pedestrians were hit by a drunk driver, this was not the first time that Robertson had been involved in a drunk driving incident. Robertson was arrested on December 15 in Tacoma and was charged on January 16th for driving under the influence. He pleaded not guilty in that incident. One wonders why the judge did not order an ignition interlock device in Robertson’s car.
In the Seattle accident that claimed the lives of Dennis and Judy Schulte, the driver, Mark W. Mullan, was arrested on December 26 and January 14 for DUI prior to the accident that claimed the lives of the Schulte’s and critically injured their daughter-in-law and her infant.
Drunk driving is a crime but even though who are already in the criminal system for driving while intoxicated such as Robertson and Mullan, still remain a menace to society as long as they continue to drink and drive.
Every year nearly 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers and more than 350,000 are injured. With every fatality and every seriously injured person, not only one life is impacted but the family, coworkers, and friends are also impacted.
If a loved one has been killed as a result of a car accident caused by an drunk driver, you should consult with a personal injury attorney with the experience and training to handle a wrongful death claim. Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of someone who has died due to the negligence of another, to hold the drunk driver accountable for his or her action. A wrongful death claim can provide for financial stability for those left behind.
Source: The Seattle Times: Driver in deadly 520 head-on crash has pending DUI case