Brandon R. Duprie, 21, of Enumclaw was killed early Sunday morning when the pickup truck in which he was riding in went off the road and struck a power pole near Orting. The driver, a 22-year-old Enumclaw man and a 22-year-old passenger were injured in the truck accident.
According to a report in Tacoma’s The News Tribune, the Duprie was riding in a 20006 Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound on SR 162 when the truck swerved off the road and struck the pole.
The report said that none of the three men in the truck were wearing seat belts.
According to the Washington State Patrol, speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the accident.
The driver of the pickup truck may be charged with vehicular assault and vehicular homicide. These two charges are serious and, if convicted, the driver could face mandatory jail time.
Vehicular homicide, Washington state statute RCW 46.61.520 can be charged if a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving without regard to the safety of others, or driving recklessly.
A driver who is convicted of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol or drug faces a jail sentence of between six and a half and eight and a half years.
DUI Accident Passenger Injury Liability
In addition to criminal charges for driving under the influence, the driver can also be held liable for the injuries and death of his passenger. The family of the deceased may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim under Washington state statutes. The injured victim may be entitled to damages for medical costs, time away from work and for pain and suffering.
While this April 22nd truck accident is under investigation, the family members of the injured and deceased are well advised to contact an experienced drunk driving accident injury victim lawyer to make sure their rights are protected.